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    Posted: 11 Jul 2018 at 7:34am
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I change my mind on running a sea anchor from the ski. Started out with the Tagit jet ski version running off one of the stern eyes. Gave up because it isn't big enough and buggering about with ropes and clips at that end of the ski is a pain in the arse.

Thinking about going for a bigger sea anchor and attaching it to the bow eye via a longish rope and quick release clip. Retrieval would be done by driving forward and collecting the sea anchor from alongside the ski. My main concern with running it from up front is that if I had to move quickly (i.e. being run down by a blind boatie), I couldn't.

Any thoughts?
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As far as getting run down by some plonker attaching it to the bow would possible be the safest.
Worst case would be one coming bow to bow (you'd have to move sooner) but otherwise your facing the direction to motor immediately so would have double your warp straight ahead and a bit less either side.
Worst case would be cutting the warp once under load and alongside you in an emergency.

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Thanks for the reply Otto. On the safety front, maybe I should have been more clear. With the sea anchor coming off the stern, I can reach the line with my gaff without moving the ski. With the sea anchor clipped off up front, there would be no chance of doing the same.
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I don't run one often on my ski but when I have used it, attaching to the front was the best way, keeps the bow pointing into the wind and chop which aids in slowing drift speed. Have heard of a few people getting the rope wrapped around the pump though haha so maybe have something to prevent this. 
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Cheers Coxie, yeah, rope being sucked in to the intake/impeller is another worry. I've been coping by upping jig size (inchiku-size stuff) and there is the argument that if you need a sea anchor to slow the drift on the ski, it's probably better to be at home anyway :)
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