acrosome wrote:Not to discourage free enterprise, but doesn't Feathercraft make a sea anchor? I can't seem to get to their website just now.
I'm just looking at making one for myself.
Theirs is more of a proper sea anchor, with a narrow exit that cannot be adjusted. it works well as a safety device but a drogue with an adjustable exit would give you more choices. For instance, going down following seas can be fast but tiresome. A drogue adjusted just right, could keep you from surfing down the swells (and getting turned about) while allowing you to maintain a decent speed. In this particular situation a sea anchor would slow you down way too much.
Even if theirs was adjustable, we are still talking $145 for $15~$20 worth of materials. I have a sewing machine and I ain't afraid of using it
Theirs is 10 1/4" entrance by 2 3/8" exit (round, diameter). The first test drogue I'm making is going to be 11" entrance by 8" adjustable exit. I may even use it when I go paddling with the wife, to keep me paddling at the same speed.