I have no experience of hanging off drogues or
parachutes but John Hitch, who designed the ubiquitous Hitchiker
cats, recommended not using a bridle as the tensioned part of the bridle
has the tendency to trip what would be the leeward bow.
Having said that I would have thought an
adjustable bridle set with the windward arm slightly shorter
would tend to keep the boat pointing just off the wind to leeward so that any
'tripping' effect would be on the leeward hull.
When working out where to put the anchor roller on
the Visionarry there was a lot of debate over which way the boat would tend
due to windage. I ended up putting it about 300mm to leeward of the midpoint
between the hulls, more from convenience than any great incite. When anchored
off a beach recently in 20 knots she laid dead to wind.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:48
Subject: [harryproa] Drogues and Para
Anyone have any ideas or experiences (second hand welcome) of
or para anchors on pros?
The thing I like about the proa
platform is that sometimes folks
carry both drogues and anchors, deploying
one off the the stern and
the other off the bow. Starting with the
drogue and moving to the
para if conditions worsen. This can lead to
reversing the boat to get the para out even as
conditions are ramping
up. The obvious point being a proa is
lonigtudinally symetrical, and
therefore one can throw the drag device off
of either end. The boats
and rig are also symetrically
There may be bad news also such as the uneven windage on the
once streaming the drag device.
Any thoughts about how this
could work, broadly from attachment
points to lights to storage and
deployment, all idea welcome?
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