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Old 21-08-2018, 15:35   #1
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Cutter vs Slutter

Just bought a 37 cutter, Hunter Cherubini. Happy with the boat, but already I'm thinking about how and what to do when sailing downwind. (we actually find we're often sailing downwind - though maybe not ddw - even in inter-coastal NE US).

I already have a roller furler on the boat that is in great condition, so it seems like my options are:

1) Get a large genoa + pole (making the boat into a "Slutter" rig)

2) Get a Assymetric/Cruising Chute

3) Both!

Personally I'm leaning towards 1, partly because of my inexperience with spinnakers and my experience with large genoas and whisker-poles, and it also seems the more versatile approach, though probably more costly?

Also, gets me a new jib out of the deal. Current is a yankee.

How do the more experienced among us feel the cutter rig would behave with a partly-furled genoa and headsail+main? May be a question only truly answered by trying it out.

Other options? Would love to hear them!

And yes, more experience with the boat is needed before I really make a decision
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