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Old 03-02-2009, 13:58   #1
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Does anybody have any comments on the Spin-tec products--pros/cons
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Old 03-02-2009, 14:48   #2
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Just took a look at there website. I am puzzled over a few things. They say you remove your halyard once the sail is hoisted. How is that possible. And what happens if you need to get the sail down in a blow?

The construction looks good. But it looks like the tack for the sail is fairly high. Might have to recut to fit?

Need someone who has one to speak up. This is the first I have heard of them.
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Old 04-03-2009, 21:21   #3
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Hello Cruisers!

Just to let you know Spin-Tec has a halyard accessory that takes the sail up and down. It is a very slick, perfectly engineered device that hooks the sail to the top bail and releases the sail just the same.

It's quite simple. When you want to get your sail down you attach the bitter ends of a halyard to the halyard accessory that is mounted on the forestay, hoist it up and it releases the hook with the sail attached and the sail comes sliding down along with the halyard accessory.

When you want to raise the sail back up you feed the head of the sail with the hook in to the halyard accessory that is attached to the forestay and hoist it with the bitter ends of a halyard attached, it hooks on at the top bail and the halyard accessory is brought down with the messanger line. At that point both ends of the halyard are free and are able to be released. The halyard accessory can stay on the forestay or easily be removed and stored.

The design is similar to what is used on the America's Cup boats.

No halyard wrap, no moving parts aloft, less compression loads imparted on the system. Sails last longer and no need for heavy reinforcement patches and large grommets. There are no maintenance issues with this system...EVER.

About the tack point: the drum is adjustable making the tack point adjustable to fit your needs.

Hope this helps.

Betsy Hamilton, Spin-Tec
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