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Old 05-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #61
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While i don't have them or even a boat worthy of stabilizers...

I would think that the .5 knt that it 'costs' in speed would have been lost anyhow due to slowing and tacking.

My concern would be snagging something or running them into the ground. when deployed you, for practical purposes basically have a 15' draft, 50'+ beam.
The "flopperstoppers" in the video are not for underway, these are for at anchor only.
Paravanes are for underway.

flopper stoppers do work well at anchor if designed correctly.
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:27 PM   #62
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While i don't have them or even a boat worthy of stabilizers...

I would think that the .5 knt that it 'costs' in speed would have been lost anyhow due to slowing and tacking.

My concern would be snagging something or running them into the ground. when deployed you, for practical purposes basically have a 15' draft, 50'+ beam.
Exactly.

During this last 36 hr trip, I had them out of the water for about 10 hours.
But if I did not have them, I could but have maintained the most direct course.

And yes, it's like having a much bigger boat, but then on the big ocean, I should not be side swiping buoys in any case.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:08 AM   #63
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Larry,
I meant to post these pics before I came back to work.
These are the springs and blocks I fitted to my paravanes last time home.
Yet to get a test run but will be home again soon and all will be revealed.
These are the normal springs used by our local prawn trawlers for suspending their paravanes.
Originally they had a block welded on the base but I have replaced that with the opening side faced s/s block.
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