Drogue Chute H5
- The Drogue Chute is designed for sea kayakers as a rescue tool to control the speed of sea kayaks in deep water caused by the effect of wind / waves / surf. It creates drag underwater and will automatically position a kayak in line with the wind and so if deployed from the stern your back will be to the wind.
- Speed limiting drogue chute
- Helps maintain position in wind
- Stabilises in line with wind and waves
- Stabilises raft of kayaks during helicopter rescue downdraft
- Coaching aid
- Kayak fishing aid
How to deploy the Drogue Chute
the line should run through the bow or stern of the kayak to get it inline with the wind and the end of the line connected to the kayak within reach to release. Set this up and connect the end of the line before putting the drogue chute in the water. We strongly advise to practise using this device and make it part of a group paddle exercise and you will also soon realise its great fun to play around with
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.
Set the drogue chute from the stern to keep the kayak inline with the wind on your back (and probably the swell) for a more comfortable stable fishing position. It also enables casting with spinners to be in front of you & downwind and reeling in will not move the kayak around.