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Lee Perry

Frank & Mel,       I have a Jordan series drogue. You can find info on the internet. You can buy one , make one from a kit(sailrite) or make your own as I did. Mine has a 100 foot 3/4" 3 strand bridle and 200 foot cone line with 115 cone and a 15lb cannon ball anchor on the end.     To deploy it I feed the bridle through the stern hawse pipe and slip it over the stern sampson post. Next flake it all down so it is free to run. Then drop the cannon ball over and let it run out. MAKE SURE YOU ARE FREE AND CLEAR OF ALL LINES!!! It is designsd to slow the boat down to keep her from surfing down the face of the wave.
Please do not deploy anything off of the bow. This will cause the boat to move backwards through the water, First the tiller will break and then the rudder, possibly tearing it from the hull. Keep her moving forward through the water and under control.
We are talking storm conditions here not just a gale. Lee

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