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shadfreak 05-02-2005 07:52 AM

Drift socks
I just bought a new yak. Its a Tarpon 140 fisherman w/rudder. It compliments my fleet of two canoues and a 12 foot Walden Scout. Oh, back to my question. Do any of you use drift socks to slow your drifts in windy weather. If so how do you have them attached.
Thanks Larry

chromer 05-02-2005 09:27 AM

I've used drift socks in fresh and salt, small ones to slow a pontoon boat on a lake and a larger one off the straits. They really work but you want to use them where you have a long drift. Pulling them in and out is a pain.

I like the fabric type that inflate in the water. If the wind and current is going in the same direction they don't work as well as when the wind and current are going in the opposite direction for obvious reasons.

They do work though and don't take a lot of room!

shadfreak 05-02-2005 01:57 PM

Thanks Chromer for the information. I have one on the way in the mail and am looking forward to trying it.

Adrian 05-02-2005 05:41 PM

Hey Larry!

I use my drift sock extensively and have it rigged on a free sliding chord loop that runs between midships and stern via a couple of clips. This enables me to control the angle of drift and also switch sides by simply un-clipping and repositioning. Some folks employ sophisticated pulley systems but I just run the chord through the clips and it works fine. I find that you don't need a lot of length - six feet seems to work for me and it not too much of a pain to haul in at the end of a drift.

shadfreak 05-06-2005 10:00 AM

Thanks Adrian that helps alot.
See you on the water

JimW 05-06-2005 11:05 AM

I don't know about the SOT's but with the conventional yak there is so little profile to the wind (mostly just me) that I am amazed at how little influence the wind has on my drift. Current of course is a different issue but again there's so little boat in the water that it's nothing compared to being in the 20' CC.
Adrian, I like the idea of using the sock to adjust the boats attitude, sure beats trying to anchor up.

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