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Old 09-12-2008, 20:06   #1
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A-Spinnaker rope size

Hello,

I am nearing completion on my sailrite A-Spinnaker kit. I will put a post up with pictures regarding building this kit in the coming weeks.

My boat is 40', 17,800lbs and the kite is 1170 sq/ft

what size line would you recommend for the sheets and the tack line.

Just in reading a few posts on here and other sites it seems that people are satisfied with smaller lines for various reasons.

I have a new ATN sock and tracker for it.

I have no experience in flying a kite like this, your comments are appreciated.

Thanks
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A kite?




FYI - There is a difference between a kite and a spinnaker.

But to get to your question. The halyard is generally the same as any other halyard but the sheets should be a lighter line. Too heavy of a sheet will deform the foot/clews of the spinnaker.

I have a 40'er and I run 3/8" (M10) sheets on mine but run 3/4" sheets on the genoa.

Others may have a different set up/opinion.
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Thanks guys, 3/8-7/16 was my thinking
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My asymmetric is just slightly larger than yours. I use 5/16" New England Rope StaSet X (3.4 lbs/100') for the sheets, and 3/8" NER Regatta Braid for the tack line on the ATN Tacker.
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