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It should be obvious, just looking at the pictures:
a. Skiff sails are cut to provide lift, to help the boat jump up on plane. This is obvious in the head.
b. Performance multihull sails are cut flatter to minimize heeling force. They are designed for shallow apparent wind angles. (cruising multihulls aren't much different from cruising monohulls).
c. Cruising sails are generally cut more full, so that they can work deeper wind angles and so that the sail will pull around to windward just a bit when used deep.
Additionally, materials can differ. the flatter multihull chutes are generally built of a more stretch resistant and stiffer cloth.
Sure, these are general rules, but to my eye, a skiff chute and a cruisers chute are nothing alike.
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