I recently bought my first sailboat, a little 18' beauty and am teaching myself how to play with her. It being summertime, I've had several experiences with very light wind
afternoons where getting back to the marina has been not so much fun- trying to run downwind with sails
flogging everywhere in a very light breeze, especially when parasail boats are zooming past and tossing you around.
That being said, I'd like to get a spinnaker- for cruising and maybe a little racing
, and I am debating between a regular and an asymmetrical. I usually sail single
handed or with one "crew member
," usually a young lady or a friend who almost always knows less about sailing than I do, so I'm looking for a sail that is: (somewhat) easy to hoist/strike, can be handled solo, and will give me a little boost on those light wind
days when I'm at the mercy of powerboat wakes. I have a spinnaker
pole already (which I use for the jib
going wing on wing) but no extra block at the top of the mast
for a spinnaker halyard
. The boat is an 18' McVay Minuet with a full keel- she's about 1000 pounds, with 420 of lead in the keel
I know there's a lot of experience here, so I was hoping to get y'alls thoughts and input.