Sorry, that was my grammatically convoluted reference to this quote, in which CB seems not to make any distinction between a drogue, and a sea anchor...Wtf does this mean?
A minor semantic detail, of course, but the interview reads as if what most understand a speed-limiting drogue can be intended to stream off the bow, as well...
We were prepared to use the storm jib as a drogue, but felt that it would either bring the bow into the waves and bury the longeron or bring the stern up and bring water into the boat. We never really needed to stop the boat, as it turned out.
In most discussions of storm tactics, it seems commonly understood that sea anchors are deployed from the bow in an effort to park the boat head to wind, and drogues are a speed limiting device streamed from astern to limit speed running off, and afford some additional measure of control...
Some sort of drag device can be fashioned from almost anything one might have at hand, only question is how effective it might be... But the only reliable sea anchor will be a purpose-built bit of gear, most typically a parachute anchor, many multihull sailors have reported good results lying to para-anchors in heavy weather... However, relying on a storm jib being put to use as an effective sea anchor - with the difficulty of keeping a flat cut triangular sail 'open' and drawing like a parachute - seems to be wishful thinking, in this instance...
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