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Para-Tech Sea Anchor

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Manufacturer: Para-Tech, Inc.

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Phenomenal for Drift Fishing Wrecks and Reefs. Essential for safety offshore.

Hooks directly to your anchor line for easy deployment! Just hook and throw the sea anchor, in its stow bag, overboard!

No independent vessel should ever venture offshore without the security and peace of mind afforded by a Para-Tech Sea Anchor. In the event of an emergency, a Para-Tech Sea Anchor allows a skipper to limit contingencies, fix problems, and protect their passengers, themselves, and their vessel. With sails down or engine out your boat will tend to become unstable, sideways, rolling sickeningly with rails being buried in the troughs - a Sea Anchor forces the bow back into the seas and restores stability. Also a must have for nighttime drift fishing. Remarkably easy to use, the Para-Tech bag is simply tossed overboard with the Sea Anchor inside - the Sea Anchor deploys automatically. And for the fishy-minded, the Sea Anchor is an essential tool for keeping your boat over your spots longer. With a properly sized Sea Anchor, your boat's wind-caused drift (the kind that moves your boat the fastest) will be reduced almost completely, moving your boat only at the speed of the sea, itself. Maximize your time on the reefs!

Sea Anchor Specifications & Sizing Guidelines

Sizing is first based on length overall with weight, keel configuration and windage taken into account next. Note that generally the greater windage of power boats equals the greater draft (wetted surface) of sailing craft, hence the same size Sea Anchor. When in doubt go to the larger size. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS are as follows:

Boat LOA
Displacement
Sea Anchor Size
Packed Dimensions
Weight
Under 20 ft.
Under 4,000 lbs.
6 Foot
6" Dia. X 7" Tall
6 lbs.
Under 25 ft.
Under 8,000 lbs
9 Foot
6" Dia. X 9" Tall
9 lbs.
25 to 33 ft.
Under 12,000 lbs.
12 Foot
8" Dia. X 12" Tall
12 lbs.
30 to 40 ft.
Under 25,000 lbs.
15 Foot
10" Dia X 15" Tall
20 lbs.
35 to 48 ft.
Under 40,000 lbs.
18 Foot
12" Dia X 17" Tall
25 lbs.
40 to 90 ft.
Under 95,000 lbs.
24 Foot
13" Dia. X 19" Tall
35 lbs.
70 to 120 ft.
Under 200,000 lbs.
32 Foot
16" Dia. X 25" Tall
55 lbs.
120 to 150 ft.
Under 300,000 lbs.
40 Foot
18" Dia. X 30" Tall
110 lbs.

     

Design & Construction of PARA-TECH® Sea Anchors

PARA-TECH Sea Anchors are made from high strength NYLON fabric having weight and strength more than four times that of surplus parachutes which have been used as Sea Anchors for many years. Seams are reinforced with Nylon webbing. Nylon lines with a minimum strength of 1,500# are joined at the rode end to a shackle with a strength of from 17,000# to 52,000#. A correctly sized PARA-TECH Sea Anchor will likely never experience the loads it is capable of taking.

PARA-TECH Sea Anchors are designed to be "failure tolerant." If the full system is over stressed the Sea Anchor is designed to blow a panel before anything else fails. The Sea Anchor will still hold the boat but with increased drift. It will function properly even with some broken or damaged lines.

When PARA-TECH entered the Sea Anchor business, over 25 years ago, we supplied surplus personnel parachutes to the sportfishing industry in San Diego, CA. Those parachutes failed within one season, which prompted us to make our own, durable Sea Anchors. By contrast, in 1996, we received a 5-year old Sea Anchor which was worn out. The skipper reported that it had spent the equivalent of ONE YEAR in the water.

 

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User Friendly

PARA-TECH Sea Anchors are the easiest Sea Anchors in the world to use. Thanks to input to the DRAG DEVICE DATA BASE by Victor Shane, we added our Deployable Stow Bag which eliminates the tendency for a parachute Sea Anchor to "catch air" and inflate on deck, making deployment difficult at best. The bag is simply tossed overboard with the Sea Anchor inside. The Sea Anchor automatically deploys IN THE WATER from the bag, safe from the effects of the raging wind. All PARA-TECH system components are likewise designed for ease of use and clean deployment. We are constantly looking for ways to improve all of our products.

 

Rigging, Rode & Deployment

SEA ANCHOR RIGGING
All components used with your Sea Anchor MUST be suitable for storm anchoring and bow attachments (cleats, Sampson posts, etc.) MUST have backing plates. Rode MUST be NYLON and 10 to 15 times the boats overall length. A stainless steel swivel is highly recommended. MULTIHULLS also MUST rig the rode to a bridle with EACH leg being 2½ times the beam of the boat and rigged to the OUTER HULLS. A partial Trip Line is the simplest way to retrieve your Sea Anchor.

 

PAY OUT LOTS OF RODE
The Sea Anchor relies very heavily on the stretch of the long NYLON rode for yielding to the seas (and not standing up to them). Even in moderate conditions, pay out at least 300' of rode or 10 to 15X the boats overall length in heavy weather situations.

SEA ANCHOR DEPLOYMENT

  1. Secure items on board, lower sails, etc.
  2. Head into the weather to "stall" the boat.
  3. Toss trip line, float line and Sea Anchor into the water on the WINDWARD side of the boat, followed by the rode.
  4. Drift back on the Sea Anchor, paying out the required scope.
  5. Make fast the rode and employ chafe gear.
  6. Secure the rudder amidships.
  7. Secure the boat and get some rest.

         

Included with all PARA-TECH Sea Anchors:

Deployable Stowage Bag, Heavy Duty Shackle, Float Line, Instruction Manual.

NOT Included:

Floats, Anchor Rode, Swivel Shackle, Boat (were really cheap about this).

     

Warranty

The PARA-TECH name is your assurance of quality fabrication per the standards established by the parachute industry. PARA-TECH Sea Anchors are warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five years. Manufactured in the United States of America.

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