QA&: Rode Size For A Galerider Drogue

Question: Would you recommend 3/4″ or 1″ rode for use with a Galerider Drogue for a 46 foot 33,000lb cutter?

Answer: I would think that 3/4″ would be adequate, but you should check with the manufacturer who should know what the loads generated by each Galerider size are. With that piece of data in hand you can then size the rode. I would allow at least a 100% safety factor since nylon rope’s strength can degrade quickly with chafe and sun damage.

By the way, we far prefer the Don Jordan’s Series Drogue over the Galerider (see this series), unless you will be using the Galerider, as we have, off the bow.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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