Drag Device Data Base

by Sail Staff, Posted April 26, 2008
Victor Shane's must-read compendium of first-hand experiences is the real thing, an eye-opening read in storm tactics and drag devices, successes and failures alike.

In compiling as many firsthand experiences as he can get his hands on
— firsthand experiences only — Shane reminds us that there is no laboratory for testing storm tactics. We are forced to fall back upon


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When You Feel the Need for Slow

by Sail Staff, Posted April 26, 2008
                                                                                               By Kimball Livingston

Many a voyager


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The Racers' Trailing Edge

by Sail Staff, Posted April 26, 2008
                                                                                               By Kimball Livingston

Take the


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Fred Roswold Comments on Drogues and Sea Anchors

by Sail Staff, Posted April 25, 2008
I have not used and we do not carry either a drogue or sea anchor. This is not that we are opposed to these devices, it is just that when we started out cruising we didn't know what we wanted, we didn't have a budget for everything, and 'these were not high priority. Plus, there is a storage issue; we don't carry anything on deck or on the cabin sole and all the below deck lockers were full. For
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"Commodore" Tompkins on Going Slow

by Sail Staff, Posted April 25, 2008

SEA ANCHORS

 

Regarding sea anchors:Sea anchors have gained a rather negative image for many, many generations. Before the advent of high tensile, light weight and rot resistent materials, sea anchors were almost impossible to carry, deploy, and retrieve. Worse perhaps, their difficulties caused them to be too small for the job when finally needed.

In my opinion, a sound


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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