Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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A year or so ago, I exchanged emails with a guy on Puget Sound who spoke about J/36's that were experimenting with masthead chutes. Since the standard, fractional chute on one of these is 1000 sq ft., we're talking about some pull. I haven't done it on mine, not wanting to turn my masthead into a pretzel until I have a spare mast handy. Haven't heard any horror stories, however. To allay your concern about the jumpers, what about screwing, taping or otherwise attaching a loop of ss 3x19 wire from the mast to the tips of the jumper struts, and back to the mast again. It would look like the bails used to protect radar units that are mounted in the foretriangle, but wouldn't have to be as heavy, since you're only dealing with the 'chute up there, not a jib.