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sea anchor

Nautical any device, such as a bucket or canvas funnel, dragged in the water to keep a vessel heading into the wind or reduce drifting

sea anchor

[′sē ‚aŋ·kər]
(naval architecture)
An object towed by a usually small vessel to keep the vessel end-on to a heavy sea or surf or to reduce drift; the usual form is a conical canvas bag whose large end is open, and, when towed with the large end in the forward position, the bag offers considerable resistance.
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In Miami, a south or north wind puts you parallel to the water column--if you go on the sea anchor, you'll stay in the same depth," Neber said.
A bowline is needed for holding onto the kayak in bad conditions, as is a towline, and for attaching bottom and sea anchors.
with no steering and no emergency steering (our spinnaker pole formed an integral part of this) we had little choice but to lay off a sea anchor and convey our situation to the race authorities.
Witt talked about the importance of his sea anchor when fishing kites in windy conditions.
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After the latter had won carrying the colours made famous by Buoy, Bireme, Sea Anchor and a host of other Dick Hern-trained runners with nautical names, Tregoning said: "I'm thrilled at that, as I thought she'd still need this.
Having already faced a 45ft freak wave, the crew's the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon was triggered by heavy seas which hit the craft while she was on sea anchor.
The pilot collapsed his chute with difficulty after being dragged 300 feet over the extremely rough water, and inflated his pararaft, retaining the chute as a sea anchor.
If you were to build a sea anchor, it would be like our vehicle,'' Swain said.
During the 2000 fourth quarter, the Company dry-docked two of its North Sea anchor handling/towing supply vessels and the Stillwater River SWATH crew vessel in Brazil.
While our wingman searched another sector, we decided to search for the raft upwind, figuring a barge broadside to the wind would blow farther than a small raft with a sea anchor.