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Re: Dousing a cruising asym without blowing the tack?
No one asks what kind/size of boat? How big is the chute?
Peter, from your other posts you claim it's a small boat, how small? Usually you can get away with blowing the tack to unload the chute, pull on the lazy sheet while on the foredeck, and stuff it below while someone blows the first 30% of the halyard, then eases the rest down. On other small (and big boats) more people are using takedown lines or foot lines to help drop the kite.
TP52s, Farr 400s, MC38, Colgate 26, and a number of sportboats like this approach b/c it keeps people off the foredeck. Will require some mods, but when they work, it's beautiful.
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