I have now taken delivery of the cruising chute from Arun sails. I had to unpack it to get it through the door into the fore cabin and the snuffer is so large it had to go in sideways to fit through the door!
How I will manage getting this up through the forward hatch to hoist it is an adventure I have yet to experience. I have also had a bowsprit fitted – also huge – but Solent Spars who masterminded the operation are adamant that it needs to be this chunky to withstand the pressures of a 23,000 lb boat being towed by a 1200 sq ft chute….as I said all fun and games that await me in the future:-)
Having corresponded with the skippers of 3 or 4 Moody 44’s (see the right hand side bar) who are doing, or have already completed, a circumnavigation the jury is split on how useful the c/chute is. Some have used them across in Atlantic and the Pacific – others have never used them at all. We shall see.