- Speed limiting drogue chute
- Helps maintain position in wind
- Stabilises in line with wind and waves
- Stabilises raft of kayaks during helicopter rescue downdraft
- Kayak Fishing
- Coaching aid
In no wind & a calm sea a solo kayak will struggle to go forward with the drogue chute deployed but will make slow progress, so the device is speed limiting rather than an anchor. In a surf landing scenario with a casualty a raft of sea kayaks can make controlled progress through the surf to the beach using the drogue chute deployed on the 10m line. The drogue chute is designed to sink and there is a float approx 4m back from the chute to check its depth.
To retrieve the drogue chute do not attempt to lift it by the main line as it will be very heavy and likely to pull you in. Grab one of the yellow webbing lines to spill the water out & lift it from the cone tip to drain.
There are two sizes available: Medium H5 and Large H14. The H refers volume created by an equivalent number of helmets. Therefore H14 will create a drag equivalent to putting 14 helmets together on a line which is a great deal of resistance; this large size is suitable for stabilising position at sea to sort out a problem/ have lunch/ or at worst wait for rescue; it will assist in maintaining position during the downdraft from a helicopter. The medium size is equivalent to putting 5 helmets together in the water and will be a good speed limiter to enable a controlled approach to a surf beach or rocky landing aswell as holding position in line with wind or swell.
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