Originally Posted by Faster
On our Martin 242 the kite was launched and retrieved from a companionway bag.. it works great because the kite never needs repacking, and the sheets and halyard stay attached all the time. We even left the guy in the pole jaws unless we had to do a windward set, or changed jibes between runs.
A large overlapping genoa would interfere with this strategy, but up to about 28-30 feet I think that idea could be made to work.
Yeah that is more dinghy style, and easy to do with the little hanky sized chute on the 242!
I did the same thing on my Hotfoot 20, and we do it on the Olson 30 I race on, except that we detatch the halyard for the windward leg. It is certainly nice not going below to repack the chute, especially when it is wet! If the chute comes down ugly the pit man can chase the tapes from the rail.