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Old 17-07-2018, 16:04   #1
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Is it to big?

Hi guys
I recently got hands on a symmetrical spinnaker for the boat. Only question i have is, is it to big for the boat?
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I will only use the spinnaker in light winds in less then 4 m/s
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Old 18-07-2018, 01:24   #2
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Re: Is it to big?

Looks about right for height, bit narrow though.
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Old 18-07-2018, 01:49   #3
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Re: Is it to big?

I think that might be an illusion of the photograph rather than a narrow spinnaker.

However, why is there a kink in the spinnaker pole, that is asking for trouble on a blow.

suggest you go out with company on a calm day and have an afternoons fun playing with the spinnaker.

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Re: Is it to big?

Agree with Raymond. Should be good for a bit more than 4m/s with those narrow shoulders.


But I'd do something about that bent pole
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Re: Is it to big?

Does look a bit big to me but down wind anything you can get flying will work! If it is oversize you may find it collapses more readily on a reach and is more difficult to control. Try it out and see.
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Agree with Raymond. Should be good for a bit more than 4m/s with those narrow shoulders.


But I'd do something about that bent pole


I think it will “fix” itself pretty shortly but not in a way you might want
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Old 18-07-2018, 15:21   #7
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yeah the first time i'm definitly going out with friends that are competent enough. just needed to be sure that it wasn't way to big or something. on other boats i have been on, the spinnaker wasn't that long/big in proportion with the mast, so i was a bit worried

Hehe i knew that you would notice the bend ;-) I accidently dropped it last year therefore the bent. It have been used on the genua when sailing some butterfly, with 12m/s as average and gust around 16-20 m/s. and it didn't break obviously. But i'm looking for a used one just need to find the right one.
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I personally would not use it due to the safety factor
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Re: Is it to big?

More importantly, it says you're from Denmark and you'll fly a swedish flag asymmetrical?
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yeah i'm from denmark, there might be a little resemblance with colour of the spinnaker and the swedish flag...;-) but hey I got quite cheap..
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Re: Is it to big?

FWiW, from the looks of it, that kite will never be much good reaching up. It is an archaic design, and then stretched a bit, just to ice the cake.

Will do fine running, but may have some stability issues. Try it and see!

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But i'm looking for a used one just need to find the right one.
Take the ends off and buy a piece of aluminium pole and rivet the new ends back on, anything close will do, few adverts on UK E bay for suitable poles. Bring the boat over and collect. Alternatively for that nazzy carbon fiber look an old wind surfing mast has been used on more than one boat.

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Hi pete
do I just saw the end pieces off with for example a hicksaw? and how do I reattach them to the new pole? should i weld? or use rivets or a third thing?
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do I just saw the end pieces off with for example a hicksaw? and how do I reattach them to the new pole? should i weld? or use rivets or a third thing?


The ends are typically inserted into the end of the tube, and held in place with 2-3 pop rivets. To remove, just drill out the rivets. Then attach to a new tube I. The same manner.
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