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Old 06-18-2019, 03:50 PM
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What are my options to help minimize roll while anchored on my 24 degree deadrise CC. Read a few older topics about using buckets or a drift sock. Would I tie the drift sock on stern? Will this be safe while anchored?

Roll doesn’t affect me much, but planning ahead for when I take the family out.
Old 06-18-2019, 04:04 PM
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Don't know how it would reduce roll.
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I used to use a drift sock while anchored in certain wind conditions. It had nothing to do with rolling in my case, more to do with keeping my stern near structure.
I don't think it would have any effect on rolling unless you deployed 2 of them (1 on each stern cleat) and weighted the shit out of the center of them so they sat down in the water instead of being pulled by the current. Even then, I would be surprised if they made a really noticeable difference but who knows?
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Flopper stoppers are what you need to reduce rolling

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Originally Posted by tenacious1 View Post
I used to use a drift sock while anchored in certain wind conditions. It had nothing to do with rolling in my case, more to do with keeping my stern near structure.
I don't think it would have any effect on rolling unless you deployed 2 of them (1 on each stern cleat) and weighted the shit out of the center of them so they sat down in the water instead of being pulled by the current. Even then, I would be surprised if they made a really noticeable difference but who knows?
Maybe would have helped me last week, wind was one direction and current the other way.
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
Flipper stoppers are what you need to reduce rolling
They look like small cones correct? I did see another option with two hinged metal flaps as well.
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Originally Posted by Reel1Fishing View Post


Maybe would have helped me last week, wind was one direction and current the other way.
that is pretty much the case when I used it while anchored, it worked well.
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I don' know about a drift sock and roll. It might help to anchor at some angle to the waves. Try tieing a dock line to your forward anchor line, let out some more anchor line, and pull the dock line back to a rear cleat. You can adjust the dock line to put the boat against the waves a little and keep it from swinging. Also allows you to adjust for a contrary wind.
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Originally Posted by Reel1Fishing View Post


They look like small cones correct? I did see another option with two hinged metal flaps as well.
Yep - no direct experience but I know a couple of people who swear by them (the cone type)
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I think they help a little. It slows some of the roll down making it a little less harsh depending on boat size and chute size. I used a bucket not very noticeable but definitely created some drag, my buddy had a big drift sock and that made a noticeable difference.
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Hhmmm...might have helped us today. We anchored up in an outgoing tide but an incoming wind. They just about canceled each other so our anchor was off to the side and we were crabwise to the chop. I felt like a darn metronome. Maybe a sock out the back would have straightened us out so we could at least have ridden them longitudinally.
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It'd depend on wind, seas, and rode length, I think. If you get the right rode pay-out direction you could counter roll by tuning the length to the sea phase that balances/counters the one your hull is on.
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I would think if you weighted the tips, tying a couple off of your stern cleats would sure kill roll.
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So in thinking about this a bit more, consider the forces. If you're at anchor, you've got current, wind, and sea state combining to induce roll. The way to eliminate it (at the expense of pitch) is to align the hull with the seas. In practice one might want to compromise between roll and pitch. Throwing unweighted socks (note - never weight them) off the stern would be a good way of turning the bow into the seas and current if they were coming in from the dominant force direction (i.e. current/wind), but not so much a good idea if wind, seas and current were highly different.

In practice it should be very doable, but I don't have an easy recipe for how to do it. I've never had the boat to cause a desire to do it. Expect to require experimentation with drogue/sock/anchor rode length in various sea and wind conditions before you get it right.
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deploy outriggers?
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Originally Posted by melnic View Post
deploy outriggers?
As I said earlier - flopper stoppers are what's needed.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...1&&FORM=VRDGAR
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I've never used a drift sock while anchored. I do use one on my 24 deg. deep vee when drifting if the conditions call for it. I use a 96" model on my 28 ft. boat with tower and it works great. When tied off to the rear cleat, it will pull the boat out of the trough and reduce roll substantially. It also has a substantial dampening effect. As the boat starts to roll, the sock exerts a good amount of pull and makes it much more comfortable.

The first time I used it, I was fishing with my wife and another couple. We were drifting and the roll it was starting to annoy the girls. When I pulled out the drift sock, my wife said, "what is that, another useless $100 boat gadget?" Fifteen minutes after I first deployed it, my wife said, "that thing is a miracle machine." That was some pretty strong testimony from a seasoned women boater. It really does work well.

I've often thought about deploying the drift sock, when the boat was laying offset to the anchor rode to see if it would dampen the roll or at least better align me with the seas. I don't know if it will work, but I will be sure to try it the next time I am out in conditions that warrant it.
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Snap roll - primary reason I went from Contender to Seacraft.
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Thanks for all the replies. Will try out a few things next time I go out. Will start with the Rocker Stopper cones and then try out a drift sock in a few configurations and report back.
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Try sitting in my 28 Bertram while drifting. Darn thing will rock your world. Getting a drift sock and hoping it helps with roll. If it doesn't, at least i drift slower and keep my bow to the waves.

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