This paper documents the investigation of the use of drogues to prevent small sailing yacht capsize in breaking seas. The following conclusions were reached:
There are no patents or proprietary information associated with the series drogue. It is hoped that some sailors who venture offshore will construct a series drogue using the recommendations contained in this report. As experience and knowledge are gained, this device could become part of the standard safety gear used on yachts. Preventing capsize, and its subsequent damage to the boat and potential loss of life, will be the ultimate benefit.