Originally Posted by terryorze
Thanks for the reference to the past article. It made it clear that a drogue can save your life. The skipper that had done this ran the drogue off of the transom and suffered damage when a big one hit the sliding glass door into the saloon. What do people think of putting the drogue at a 45 degree angle off of one of the bows? That of course is what people in monohulls should do.
Reading the Delivery Skipper's post again -- the method used was a nylon warp - each end tied to a transom and a length of chain slid down the warp to keep the warp from lifting out of the water.
No drogue deployed.
Not sure about "putting the drogue at a 45 degree angle off one of the bows" It is most likely to swing the boat through 180 degrees into the wind and following seas - in very short time
, with no guarantee that the line and/or drogue will not foul a rudder or propeller - If the exercise was successful however, then what? The catamaran is now no longer sailing, no control over steerage, certainly slowed down (not by much) but being pounded by the seas and wind. Assuming the drogue was attached to the port bow - then once the boat was facing the storm winds and seas, the boat would be pulled by the drogue to an angle so that the seas would now hit the port sides of both hulls resulting in the boat alternately straightening up and then returning its port aspects to the elements.