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There's a lot to read on the subject and I've read a good bit of it. I've also had a parachute deployed on a 46' ketch in a mess of weather and sea outbound to Antigua from Morehead City in the Gulf Stream in 1971 - my observations were constant chafe issues and bending of the sampson post. The stresses are scary. The ketch also tended to skate around at anchor in a wind so she had a good bit of forward windage which added to difficulty of keeping her angled off (ala Lin/Larry Pardy.) After that experience and several less threatening experiences, we are fitting chainplates to our quarters to accomodate a JSD for our 33,000# 50' cutter. Spent a good bit of time talking to Para T and others prior to the decision.
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Last edited by jimmalkin; 02-24-2008 at 09:12 PM.
Reason: I was so tired I wrote ketch instead of cutter...duh.