Garett Hennigan is a mechanical engineer who in partnership with his wife, Carllie, built a 28 foot catamaran, Light Wave, in 1999. He has sailed extensively with his wife through Mexico, Hawaii and now back in the Pacific northwest with over 20,000 sailing miles and over 5000 hours of boatbuilding experience.
Let me suggest building a Jordan drogue in segments. The advantages of the multiple small cones should apply either to a string of 200 cones, or a string of 50 cones. Stresses are less concentrated… more distributed. A Jordan could be set up so you can deploy as much as you think you need.
Yes this is a really good idea. If we do another offshore trip we will add a Jordan series drogue to our heavy weather arsenal.