Depressor weight

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Depressor weight implementation. The blue line indicates the unmodified tow line, while the red line indicates the shape created by the depressor weight.

A depressor weight is a device used on tow lines in nautical applications. A depressor weight can be attached to a floating or otherwise stiff line to effectively produce a catenary geometry better able to mitigate shocks associated with towing and wave impacts.[1][2]


  1. United States Patent office
  2. "A depressor weight implemented in an ROV system". CiteSeerX: