Hehe, its quite funny to get these reactions, as I only contemplate sea anchors and jury rig, BECAUSE I am very safety conscientious
I PLAN to sail along the coast and/or cruise from island to island. I will carry VHF, FM radio, GPS Epirb, but want to be prepared for anything.
I WILL be staying on the beach, eating mangos, in bad weather. I WILL plan the trip in an area and a season with steady weather etc. BUT when sailing, you should ALWAYS be prepared for the worst, even after meticoulous planning.
A sea anchor could just be used while having a c... or a meal in open waters or while trying to right the Hobie on a lee coast
The normal anchor would be used while camping in protected waters on a rocky coast, where it would be difficult to get the Hobie out of the water.
That said, there have been people crossing the Atlantic on a Hobie. I plan max. 140km crossings.
I don't think the big keelboat always is the best boat. A capsize with a Hobie isn't a catastrophy, it will sail in very shallow waters, it can be dragged to safety or just ran onto a beach in an emergency, you don't have to get to a harbour for protection, just beach it. Its fast, so will get you faster out of trouble or into protected waters.
It won't be filled with water and sink in high waves. It can be paddled along and I think it could be sailed with a kite if the mast is gone and would be very stable.
It even has redundant rudders, have you ever seen that on any other boat ?
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