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Old 01-21-2009
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I have to agree with Jeff on the socks. I've used 2 different styles and I wasn't impressed with either. When the chutes loaded up they don't like to work (when you need it to work).

Sandboy gave some great advice I thought was common knowledge until I started racing on other's boats. Swivel shackles are a must. Standard equipment for chutes, just buy em.

The necessities are a halyard, a block or existing sheave at the top, 2 sheets, a pole up and pole down, turning blocks at the aft corners. Twings aren't a must have, save them until after you practice trimming w/o them.
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