I found what I think is an old spinnaker
in my garage. It was on the boat when I bought it, but on the initial clear-out it was put in storage
and I kind of forgot about it.
Anyway, it's in fairly decent shape, but I don't have any use for a spinnaker
. I am however in the market for a second-hand reacher as talked about by the Pardeys. Essentially a big hank-on genoa
in spinnaker cloth. Since there's a few sails
that are known as drifters, here's a little extra explanation from a text on the subject:
"The drifter—also called a reacher—is a time-honored, handy, and versatile sail. Unlike other light air sails
, it carries satisfactorily on all points of sail. A drifter generally allows a vessel to sail close hauled and to tack, and it’s very easy to control when set and struck. This sail is essentially a large, powerful, hanked on genoa
built of light weight fabric
. Its intended wind
range is 3-12 knots apparent, and its size on a sloop
generally ranges from 140 to 160 percent of the fore-triangle area. A drifter can be made of nylon, Dacron, or a laminated sailcloth made of various “exotic” fibers. Both nylon and light weight Dacron sail cloth are available in colors, and both have a softer hand and fewer mildew concerns than a laminate. Nylon is the softest and lightest-weight fabric
choice, an asset both in sail handling and in performance in a whisper of wind
. Nylon also can take the abuse of being stuffed tightly into a sail bag and being carried beyond its designed wind range. Because Nylon both stretches and recovers, it can take the shock loads of sudden gusts without permanent shape distortion or tearing. It can also handle prolonged sailing to weather
in winds better suited to a smaller, heavier headsail, although its fullness and a vessel’s leeway will temporarily increase in those circumstances. Nylon’s negatives include poor UV resistance and a tendency for colors to migrate from one colored panel to another when the sail is stowed wet."
Anyway, is there any chance this sail can be recut into such a drifter? Would it be an expensive undertaking (more expensive than finding a similar second-hand sail?) or better yet, could I do it myself?