I've been hoisting the chute from the rail on my j29, and dousing through the companionway. All of the reading I do says that going in and out the hatch is the way to go, and it makes sense to me for all sorts of reasons.
Here is my dilemma:
Once you douse into the forward hatch, leaving the sheets and halyard attached, the lines running into the hatch prevent dogging the hatch. This leaves an entry point for water coming over the bow to run right into the hatch. In 18+ knots, which we see more often than not on SF Bay, we get a lot of water on deck, and I'm nervous about leaving that hatch undogged.
So - I am reaching out to the community here for input - how much of a problem is this, and what is the solution?