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Old 29 December 2002, 13:31   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Great Harwood, Lancs
Boat name: Tigger II
Make: Bombardier Aerodeck
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Just to make sure, are some of us talking about a drouge which you deploy at the sterm of the boat to steady and slow down the boat while under power say approching a bar or area of confused sea or a sea anhor which is deployed from the bow to keep the boat head to wind/waves and ride out a storm ?.

I think we are mixing up sea anchors and droges here

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Old 29 December 2002, 14:26   #12
Country: UK - England
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We simply let the boat settle down sideways on to the wind as we sort the bits out and then unshackle the anchor warp from the chain and refix to the sea anchor. Lower it over bow with a couple of feet of slack and then pay rope out as the boat drifts off away from it. The boat swings head on to the wind (a bit) as the tension is taken up. Its not so big ours and the effect is not great but then again we are not in winds that would do it justice as we usually deploy it during the coffee break on a level 2 if we are out in clear enough sea with room to drift and no boats to trip over the seventy feet or so of rope that we deploy. Normally we tilt the engine first in case we make a b******s of it so that it cannot foul the engine leg.
No substitute for an anchor of course.
Freshwater trout fishermen use a drogue/sea anchor tethered amidships to slow the drift down and keep it side on whilst fly fishing.
If you search on the net under sea anchor there is a NZ site that shows them being used in the southern oceans by trawlers so that the crew can get a good nights sleep with the boat lying head on to the sea. They use a tripping line to retrieve the HUGE sea anchors that they use. On our little (relatively)thing we have never bothered with a tripping line-just more cordage to tangle up- and we can get it back ok if we either motor up to it or drag it back steadily by hand.
I thought that one little boats sea anchor would be another bigger boats drogue?.
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