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#31 Knot Me... maybe

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 04:36 PM

Grab a $20-30 little drogue like the fishos use when drift fishing. Hunt for a grunty one, hook that onto a length of whatever string you have in your locker and you'll have not only a way to slow when you fish in deep but you'll also have something to induce nice drag and if it really goes bad you could use it to steer.


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#32 Black Panther

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 05:00 PM

Being able to slow down is good but in what you describe i would have dropped the main. Boat would slow and steer better.
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Posted 08 July 2019 - 06:56 PM

Slight thread drift but I finished my Jordan Series Drogue today.  Final stage was packing it into the launching bag, which clips on at the back of the boat.  I'm happy with how it came out.

 

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#34 Terry B

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 08:13 PM

Thanks BP. 

Thanks to all for the advice.


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Posted 09 July 2019 - 03:55 AM

Great post BP, but not applicable to my current cruising even though we are sailing from one country to another...

But dare one mention the use of oil bags in this day of environmental concerns? I had a small collapsible plastic Jerry can with a tap at the bottom to which was attached a meter or so of plastic tubing. The Jerry can was stood lashed down in the galley sink with the tube down the plug hole and the oil flow adjusted by the tap.
From experience a very small amount of oil has a marked effect in taking the sting out of the seas. But the trick when heaving to is in keeping your boat in the slick.
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#36 harrytom

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:31 PM

Rather than directly down wind try and do a training reach(wind just on the aft quater)travel further but more comfortable and control.End up jybing downwind  but maybe better than trailing a drogue.


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:07 PM

I think you need to have a range of tactics to adapt to the conditions ,crew and sea room. And be able to change tactics as things change. Sailing solo you need to be able to go below and let the boat look after itself. I like the parachute sea anchor after using one overnight in 50 knots but can see the advantage of the drogue when moving forward is easier on the rudders Steering around waves is okay if you are not too tired but once it gets dark it gets hard to see what is coming. For cruising I like to keep it easy on the boat slow down and not break stuff
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Posted Yesterday, 08:08 AM

Slight thread drift but I finished my Jordan Series Drogue today.  Final stage was packing it into the launching bag, which clips on at the back of the boat.  I'm happy with how it came out.

 

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Awesome sewing job.........


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