sea anchor

noun Nautical.
any of various devices, as a drogue, that have great resistance to being pulled through the water and are dropped forward of a vessel at the end of a cable to hold the bow into the wind or sea during a storm.

Origin:
1760–70

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sea anchor
 
n
nautical any device, such as a bucket or canvas funnel, dragged in the water to keep a vessel heading into the wind or reduce drifting

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The sails were taken down and a sea anchor was made from one of the large gasoline tanks.
Current sea anchor design is limited in ability to maintain position.
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