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DEMYSTIFYING THE Z DRAG


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Keep it simple: it’s a Z. The 3:1 Z drag works but positively baffles people. Let me explain it like this: imagine you have a 100-pound bucket of cement. When you grab the handle you will struggle to lift it, as your arm is lifting all 100 pounds. But if a friend grabs onto the handle too, you will each be lifting 50 pounds. Add another arm and you each lift a third, or 33 pounds. Three arms split the work in three, or create a 3:1 system. Flip this logic around: three arms can do three times the work of one; more arms multiply the force. The physics are the same for the Z drag. Even though there is only one handle on the boat, the three parallel lines are like three arms pulling, splitting the load and multiplying the force. The Z shape is what matters, as it gets


three lines working together. The other parts of the system—the sliding prussik and pulleys—just keep the arms equalized so they can all do their third of the job. —Jeff Jackson


THE 60-SECOND Z DRAG


You will need a 50–75-foot throw rope, prus- sik, two carabiners, two pulleys and a sling.


Step 1: Build an anchor by wrapping the sling around a sturdy tree or rock. Clip a carabiner and pulley through the sling.


Step 2: Secure the bag end of your rope to the load. Run the tail end through the anchor pulley.


Step 3: Wrap the prussik loop as far back down the rope toward the load as possible. Clip the second carabiner and pulley through the prussik.


Step 4: Run the tail end of the rope through the prussik pulley and back toward the an- chor. Pull on the tail end of the rope in the same direction as the main line is pulling on the boat. You now have a Z drag. —VM


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