The drifter you and I are talking about is one and the same. The Pardeys used theirs for over a decade, appreciating its versatility, low cost and mostly ease of use.
This last one has more importance then many a sailer might acknowledge. Unless you're racing
or really want to make some speed, getting the spinnaker out and hassling with it very quickly seems like a lot of effort. I personally am also not very good at raising/lowering/trimming it, so I don't have a lot of (self)confidence in it either. All this combined would probably mean that 8/10 I would just get the engine
running rather then the spinnaker even if I carried one. A nylon, genoa-like drifter would be a whole other story.
Ruining it after a year might be a danger
, but is much less prone to happen if you're on a cruisers timeframe rather then a racers. If the wind
picks up to keep the regular genoa
from constantly falling in, I'd switch back to that rather then pushing the drifter to get the last big of speed out of the breeze.
The laminates used today might be a good/better substitute, but that's where cost comes into play I guess. I'm not sure what a genoa
1 goes for in that material, but I'm pretty sure it'll be quite a bit more then a nylon one, no?