Safety & Seamanship

The Galerider (above) earned testers’ top pick for its consistent drag and ease of deployment and recovery.

How Much Drag is in a Drogue?

PS compares popular boat-slowing devices.

We’ve long been interested in drogues, devices specifically designed to be towed behind a boat to reduce speed and to produce directional stability in heavy weather. Our last major drogue test was in 2009, when noted marine writers and circumnavigators Evans Starzinger and Beth Leonard shared their storm tactics (see “Heavy Weather Sailing Tactics". Another relevant article, “Sea Anchors and Drogues”, compared a variety of drag devices. If you are interested in purchasing a drogue, we recommend reading the archive articles along with this report.

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