Well, as they say, great minds think alike. I plan on using chain at the end of mine too--when I ever get the thing done. Sigh. It's a "winter" project.
The sailcloth material that Sailrite offers is hot cut, meaning the cuts have been welded by a hot knife or laser. FWIW, their sail material is heavier than what some of the competitors are using.
The anchor line they are selling with the kits is the New England Rope nylon braid, which is top of the line stuff. I don't know if Sailrite prices have changed, but their line price was cheaper than what I could find from any local source. They admitted to me on the telephone that they don't make much money on the line.
http://www.neropes.com/product.aspx?mid ... d=6&pid=26
Sailrite's instructions are simple and clear, as usual.
I have used Sailrite's kits and products before, and each time they have been nothing but first class. I never hesitate to recommend Sailrite. Definitely not a Fortune 500 company--and it shows! I challenge you to find better customer service anywhere.
I have not ordered the bag, but intend to someday.
Retrieval: If I'm living right I'll never have to retrive it. If not, Jordan has suggestions on his website and that's the plan for me. http://www.jordanseriesdrogue.com/D_6.htm
Good luck. It really is tedious work. My first project with the sewing machine was a symmetrical spinnaker. The series drogue is much worse, partly because it's so mind numbing repetative.
However, no commercial operation can afford to do as good a job as I am doing because the drogue would then cost a fortune. There really is no other option, IMO. I've seen the pictures on Jordan's website, and my stitching is not as pretty but it's much, much beefier.
- John sailing a custom 36' double-headed steel sloop, a 2001 derivation of a 1976 Ted Brewer design.