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Old 04-01-2013   #11
Redmond, Oregon
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Originally Posted by windknot2 View Post
We have not had significant problems in getting the sock to billow out and start pulling without the need for a metal hoop to hold it open. As long as we stay in moving current, the sock does not tend to sink. I neglected to mention earlier that we always have a knife on a pfd whenever we use the drift sock just in case it would become tangled on something.
Is the 'weight in the bottom' where the kill line attaches at the tip?
Or just along the intake?

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Old 04-02-2013   #12
Hotchkiss, Colorado
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Mine does not have any weights, just the sock and the lines.

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Old 04-02-2013   #13
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so do these deploy right next to the boat? at first glance it looked like they might deploy down stream of the boat on a length of rope (seems like a really bad idea that way)
Oh! I don't take it lightly! I've always got to know
There's an old lion a roarin' n the river down below
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Old 04-02-2013   #14
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I attach mine to the front D ring with about 6 to 8 feet of rope. We simply put it in the water in front of the raft and since the wind is blowing us upstream when we deploy it, the sock drifts downstream away from the raft. Once the rope between the raft and sock begins to tighten, the sock billows open and fills with water. We regulate the amount of rope we have out depending upon the conditions at the time, but it is usually about 6 feet. As I mentioned earlier, we have 1 person manning the rope and drift sock, ready to pull the dump line on the sock if need be. I was pleasantly surprised at how hard the current pulls on the sock and how well it often works. Does not work under every circumstance, but I don't venture out without it tucked away in the boat someplace. A good buddy put me on to this idea. He has a large DRE cataraft and ties one to the bow of each cat tube. Works good for him.

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