Sea anchor

A drogue, or parachute-like construction, of

timber, iron and heavy canvas, designed to resist being dragged through the

water. In heavy weather a sea anchor may be streamed over the bow of a boat

with the idea that it will hold her head to wind and seas as she drifts

stern-first before the storm. Some people believe that sea anchors are

effective, many others have been disappointed, and the whole business has

provided much material for usually inconclusive argument. Some boats will lie to some sea anchors, others will not.