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Re: Flying a Symmetrical Like an Asymmetrical
I've flown a Sym. chute on a Hunter 38 with no pole. We rigged up a strop (length of line with an eye splice at each end) around the anchor roller with the jaw of a large snap shackle pinning the ends of the strop into a longish loop (3'?). The tack of the chute was held by the snap shackle. We used sheets twice the length of the boat so we could gybe the chute by streaming it ahead of the headstay and turning it inside out.
It worked pretty well and cost next to nothing - $400 for a decent used chute, $200 for the lines and shackles.
Easy to fly and lots of fun for small $$. We could get surprisingly high with the rig but couldn't sail very deep because of the big main on the Hunter.
The friend who owns the boat said he's seen 10 knots on the speedo flying it like that in a breeze.
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