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Old 25-05-2014, 20:53   #16
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Re: Parachutes

Seems to me that with a parachute type sail the "towing" forces can be taken out by "sheets" led to deck cleats rather than the mast. The free flying kite doesn't need the mast to get it up in the airstream. EG, kiteboarders don't have masts!

But, to be honest, I've not actually seen such a device deployed from a cruising yacht.

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Re: Parachutes

Use the strongest part of your vessel, the primary winches, not the mast.

I would not want to be aboard when this set up gets over powered.

How do you reef a parachute?
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Only chutes I've seen have been flown from the mast and bow. The write ups on them all seem positive
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You wouldn't reef, you'd just drop it
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You wouldn't reef, you'd just drop it
How?

You could only use it downwind? How would you get enough speed to drop it?
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Only chutes I've seen have been flown from the mast and bow. The write ups on them all seem positive
I think you better show us this in action.

Links please.
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From what I understand you unroll your jib to blanket it and pull the lower sheet in till it's on the deck then lower your spinnaker halyard to drop it on the deck
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Don't know how to do links but I put a vid on YouTube under parachute on a catamaran
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Same sort of principal as a spinnaker
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Re: Parachutes

You don't drop them. The "dead" position of a kite is straight up. And they don't work as parachutes, two different animals.

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From what I understand you unroll your jib to blanket it and pull the lower sheet in till it's on the deck then lower your spinnaker halyard to drop it on the deck
That is close to how to drop a spinnaker, the slang term for which is "chute."

Just copy and paste the link.
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We've had one up once but only a short run. Dropped it in the water trying to get it down. Hopefully we've worked out a better way
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When I sailed dingys we used to drop them like that but that was a long time ago and a much smaller beast
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Hopefully this is the link

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Re: Parachutes

Ok, I see how you propose to fly it. Don't see that it would create any more stress on the mast than a regular spinnaker of similar area.

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