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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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Lots of guys on big center consoles don't use sea anchors at all, Neber noted.
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If we can get into a good area, I'll put the sea anchor out, and we can relax and take the rocking out of the boat," Pesch explained when I spoke with him later.
That same day, I spotted Joe Neber's 39-footer down south of Fowey Light, and I noticed something--no sea anchor.
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.
Sea anchors are important here for a couple of reasons.
With the big sea anchors, there are plenty of days that we fish now that we wouldn't have been able to back then," said Capt.
Swordfish anglers also like sea anchors for a controlled drift; some may favor smaller anchors to avoid "locking in" one depth zone.
A true sea anchor is a submersible parachute, if you will, which in a strong wind offsets the downwind drift of the boat and pulls her directly up-sea.