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Old 12-19-2010, 06:50 PM   #21
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Sea Anchor.

Some years back I got caught in 6'-8' seas in the Strait of Jaun de Fuca, ebb tide west wind. It shook up the gas tank so much that the crude in the tank clogged the fuel filter. Then I was nearly dead in the water with just enough rpm to barely maintain helm. I was able to nurse the boat into the lee of Dungeness Spit where the water was a little calmer. If I'd had a sea anchor I would have had a much easier and probably safer time of changing out the fuel filter. As it was the Admiral was rigging up a bucket and a line into a makeshift sea anchor when we got into calmer seas. I've often wondered how long the bail would have stayed attached to the bucket.

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Old 12-20-2010, 09:43 PM   #22
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RE: Sea Anchor.

When I worked the commercial troller in Hecate Straits, we used a triangular piece of plywood, about 3ft a side held by a chain bridle to slow the boat to the speed of fish. One on each side, dragging from the fishing poles.
Not easy to stow.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:35 AM   #23
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Never leave port with out it.
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you are lucky about the bail...never last long when I use one as a drogue when towing a boat.

definitely on my to do/purchase list before too much blue water...

although just letting 100 feet of anchor and rode out will do a lot even if it doesn't touch bottom.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:31 AM   #25
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SSCA Forum • View topic - (NZ) Gale Rider Drouge / Para-Tech Sea Anchor/ATN Storm Jib

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Zack at Fiorentino Para-anchor is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals on sea anchors out there. He's personally tested dozens of anchors, and can tell you the pros and cons on every type. http://www.para-anchor.com/index.html
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It's been a while since I investigated this for my use. I have the 4th edition of Victor Shane's "DDDB - Drag Device Data Base: Using Parachutes, Sea Anchors and Drogues to Cope with Heavy Weather" which I got from Captain's Nautical. There might be a newer version, but I see that http://www.dddb.com/ appears dead so maybe not. The three copies on AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books are all 3rd editions.

I'm not concerned about a sea anchor for offshore use, but I wanted to have something to deploy in an emergency to substantially slow my windblown progress in a channel or strait (the most common bodies of water in the PNW, often with a dangerous "Rapids" at one end!). As you might imagine, a traditional anchor would be virtually useless in many of these bodies of water .

I carry a 28' round nylon parachute on a swivel. I don't have a trip line - I'm willing to accept the trade-offs and just buy another one if I ever have to deploy it (carried it for 10 years, haven't used it yet).
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