- All chain. Helps right up until the chain lifts off the bottom.
- Hammer lock mooring. A second anchor, just touching the bottom. Very effective in moderate wind, but can fail if strong enough.
- Two anchors. A whole nuther' topic, but can work very well. Also complicated, particularly if there are other boats anchored nearby (you will swing differently).
- Drogue on the chain. Didn't do much for me. You've got to be yawing fast for it to matter.
- Take the dinghy off the bow. Big difference.
- Lower you reacher. Big difference.
- Add a riding sail aft. We'll come back to this.
- Lift the rudder. A HUGE help. But most people can't do this.
- Push the boom to one side. Didn't do much for me. Yawed through the same angle, just to one side.
- Riding sail. Same problem, plus it flaps when it reaches the extreme travel. Annoying.
- This is a Fin-Delta, from Banner Bay Marine. I've heard goo things and need to get my hands on one.
- A less conventional approach is the V-Delta, conceived by Paratech but not marketed. Even this crude tarp was stable up to 25 knots. The grommets were set in a corner reinforced with only duct tape, and yet they didn't pull. The force is just not that great. It also reduce the yawing more than half, and the higher you set it, the better it works.
If I didn't have bridle, I'd be sewing one of these right now. So simple. Yes, it does increase the rode tension a few percent, but this is FAR less than the wind hitting the boat from the side and swinging it about.
Please share your riding sail experiences. I need to figure out what to test!