If the wind
is behind the beam you must fly a spinnaker
...at least some of the time.
Yes, some race
boats store the chute in a launch tube. Sport boats. The tube is nearly as long as the boat. The halyard
and dousing line are one and the same. Sometimes the dousing line goes thru a eyelet in the middle of the chute. Goes up and down quick and slick. But it's only good for purpose built setups.
What's so hard about flying it? Three lines clipped on (you can skip the lazy sheet) and then hoist away. I do it regularly on both the 36 and 50 footers ... singlehanded .... but only in 7 to 20 knots of breeze. Sometimes free launch and douse, sometimes on a code zero furler
, sometimes from a sock. The sock is the biggest hassle but sure is nice to have rigged when the wind