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Old 19-04-2012, 20:10   #1
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Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.

I'm having a difficult time handling the snuffer lines to sock on my new assymetric spin. They can wrap round the sock when I'm hauling the spinnaker halyard. I'm wondering if the up- and down- haul (sock) lines should both run through the sock. Right now I have the up sock line inside the sock and the down sock line outside (when hoisted). Is that correct? Is it just my line-handling skill that is the problem?
The thing is new and came with zero instructions.
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Old 19-04-2012, 20:19   #2
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Re: Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.

The snuffer lines should NOT wrap around when you're hauling the halyard.

Any twisting in how the sock is packed will create problems. Best way to pack a chute inside a sock is to keep a seam in the sock oriented the same way to the person packing it through the entire process.
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Re: Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.

Lay the sock (with spinnaker inside) out on the ground. Slid the sock up and untangle the sail from the sock lines. Slide sock down again. That should help.
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Re: Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.

We've had the best luck with both up and down lines run through an external sleeve on the sock. Eliminates all the twisting.

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Re: Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.

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We've had the best luck with both up and down lines run through an external sleeve on the sock. Eliminates all the twisting.

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Similar, but stitched small loops to the sock to keep the uphaul and downhaul in check
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Re: Assym. Spinnaker. Another Question.

One of the reasons the ATN Spinnaker Sock is so effective is the exterior sleave that captures the down line and helps alighn the sleave when recovering the sail (the gray cover shown here):




We have these ATN Socks on both our symmetric and assymetric sails and use them to good advantage. In our case I use a small snatch block to connect the downhaul line to a pad-eye on the foredeck just forward of the mast. The only thing one has to remember with downhaul lines is the if one is furling ("Socking") the sail on the opposit tack from which it was hoisted, one must pass the downhaul line around and in front of the headstay so the fall is on the same side of the headstay as the sail/sock itself.

FWIW...
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