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20cm would be pretty narrow for a 180 sq ft kite. But it mostly depends on how many patches your kite has and whether you separate them out with spacer knots. 

A single patch will lead to less bunching, but will need a longer chute. If you need more patches you can alleviate the bunching by putting stopper knots in the down haul. 

The other issue you may have with a solid pipe is it won't drain as easy, which is why most kite socks have a mesh bottom. 
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Gentlemen, I'm trying to create a chute for my spinnaker, so it'll be out of the way until needed, and can be hoisted from as close to the bow as possible. No need to suggest alternative ways of launching and lowering, or whose job the kite-handling ought to be. I'm a singlehander in a two-handed class and I've been through it all ad nauseum...

...and I've made on-deck hoops from plumbing-pipe and chutes from old sail fabric, and they were as unsatisfactory as they were unsightly...

...so I want to buy a big piece of solid waste-pipe (solid pipe, I mean, instead of fabric) and install it below the foredeck with a smooth, moulded GRP mouth, and have it leading right back to the middle of the cockpit so the sail is out of sight and mind once it's lowered, and free of snags and tangles.

My only question is, what is the narrowest internal diameter I can select when ordering the pipe?

My spinnakers vary in size from about 90sq ft to double that. I'm hoping an 8-inch (200mm) pipe will be wide enough - it's much cheaper than the 250mm version. But I don't want the sail jamming in the chute.

Any advice?

Thanks for reading.
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