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Old 07 December 2008, 12:50   #1
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Drogue/Sea anchor

Whilst sorting out the broken consul i found i had a sed anchor
my question is should i ever need to use it
a. would i need to clip it to one or both of the towing eyes
b. how much rope would you need from stern to the drouge
There was a tread about twin engines that stalled ? and it got me thinking
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Old 07 December 2008, 12:55   #2
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I've just sold one of these. It must have about 25/30ft of rope on it. Make sure the rope is quite heavy and doesn't float. I would tie it to one of the eyes on the transom - I wouldn't imagine it would make much/any difference being slightly over to one side.
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Old 07 December 2008, 12:58   #3
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Can't see why you would want to have it leading out of the stern on a RIB.
Uses are to keep head into sea when changing props or after a capsize etc. Suppose you can use it if you fish to as it'll slow you down when drifting.
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Right then that 3mt length wont br much good
I also thought that its not much good having kit like this and in the event of an emergecy not being able to get to it. mine was stored under the center consul where the electrics are. along with the fire extingusher
i have moved both now to under the pods
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In an emergency you don't want to throw it off the stern, this will hold the stern to weather and you'll end up in the pooh with waves coming over the stern.
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Having thought about it I would agree. It's only ability is to reduce the effects of the wind. Tie it to the bow!
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Better still, dont use it. We worked a long time on establish if a sea anchor would work in big seas and the boat ended up being safer without. I would always advocate filling the boat with water if you cannot make headway in big seas or are drifting on to a lee shore.
Not quite the "RYA" way but then again, have they ever had to survive in bad conditions

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Better still, dont use it. We worked a long time on establish if a sea anchor would work in big seas and the boat ended up being safer without. I would always advocate filling the boat with water if you cannot make headway in big seas or are drifting on to a lee shore.
Not quite the "RYA" way but then again, have they ever had to survive in bad conditions

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A boat that is held head to sea will always ride better than a boat thats just left to its own devices. If a wave hits the boat on its beam then it can capsize, surely its better to have a sea anchor out and not capsize?
You can see on the "Both engines down" thread that before the sea anchor is in use the boat surfs towards the beach, once the slack on the warpd has been taken up it sits nicely and rides the waves out. Would love to see someone trying to sort an outboard surfing down waves.
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Better still, dont use it. We worked a long time on establish if a sea anchor would work in big seas and the boat ended up being safer without. I would always advocate filling the boat with water if you cannot make headway in big seas or are drifting on to a lee shore.
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Are you saying an 8m RIB in 3m Breaking Surf would be better beam on to the waves rather than bow in to the waves?

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