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Old 09-04-2012, 12:27   #1
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ATN Spinnaker Sleeve/Sock

Like new 58' ATN Spinnaker Sleeve/Sock for sale. Asking $450 obo, plus shipping. Currently located in Seattle, WA. I have attached some photos of the sleeve/sock.

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Features of the ATN Spinnaker Sleeve (from ATN Site)

Single hand any spinnaker, reacher, gennaker, MPS, screecher or mizzenstaysail up to 15,000 sq. ft. (Mega sloop Frers/Huisman 156' 'Hyperion'
High-tech, ultra-light Kevlar Hoop matches shape of the spinnaker and will not warp under load
Single control line led through separate sleeve eliminates fouling
Contrasting visual reference stripe
Wire pennant with swivel at head of spinnaker prevents sleeve from affecting sail shape by allowing the sleeve to accumulate on the pennant
Mesh construction allows sail to breathe, so that sails dry quicker, even while stored

The main problem to solve was the mixing of the control lines and the sail.
A separate channel (which contains the control line) is sewn alongside the main sleeve which contains the spinnaker. The spinnaker and the control line are completely separated . The separate channel (side sleeve) is made of a different colored cloth than the main sleeve which shows the eventual twists of the sleeve prior of hoisting it. There will often be some twists in the sleeved spinnaker as it comes out of the bag, especially after long periods of storing and moving it around the sail locker. Needless to say, those twists are to be removed before hoisting the sleeve.
Another problem to address was the opening, the mouth of the sleeve.
It had to be rigid to remain open when pulled against the sail, slippery to enable it to slide over the sail without chafing it, light (weight aloft should always be avoided) and sturdy enough not to break in the bag when stepped on or stored. Fiber glass was, from the beginning, the material of choice by its versatility and ease of manufacturing. While the round shape seems obvious, the oval shape is more spinnaker friendly for it doesn't have the tendency to rotate around the sail as it is guided by the spinnaker leeches and it is easier to slide through the hatch when storing below deck. We make them out of Kevlar and glass which, while expensive, offers a good combination of strength and lightness.
The control line is a closed loop, made of 2 different lines. One side is to hoist the sleeve. It must not kink and it should be small enough to travel in the side sleeve and through the top turning block. The other side must be much heavier as it is handled by the operator to douse the sail. It also must not kink as well as be long enough to be lead through a snatch-block, as Steve Dashew suggests in his very thorough 'Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia', in the fore deck and then to a cleat or a winch on bigger boats.
The cloth problem came from the fact that spinnaker or bag cloth doesn't breathe and might bleed.
The cloth that is milled especially for ATN is a 'tricot', a mesh like material which is light, strong, and doesn't retain water. The sail can dry when in the sleeve and it will not cling to the sail when hoisting the sleeve, even after long period of wet storing.
Finally, the spinnaker is fastened inside the spinnaker sleeve with a swivel shackle to allow gibing.
The hoisted spinnaker sleeve must always remain in the same position at the mast head, on top of the flying spinnaker, while allowing the spinnaker to rotate under itself. This also gives more flexibility when loading the sail.
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Re: ATN Spinnaker Sleeve/Sock

What size spinnaker did you use with this? I am looking to get this setup for the Bene 49.
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Mauiboy86 - We had a 59 ft spinnaker in this sock.
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I am interested.. I just have to figure out the size of the spinnaker for the bene.. looking at different variations right now. Do you think its possible to modify or shorten the sleeve if its too long?
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I am not sure what would be involved in shortening it but as it is just fabric, I would assume that a person with the right skills wouldn't have a problem.
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Re: ATN Spinnaker Sleeve/Sock

I'm also interested in your ATN sock. As I'm new to this forum, is there a way we can communicate privately by phone or email?
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Re: ATN Spinnaker Sleeve/Sock

Is your ATN sock still for sale, if so what shape is it in. How can we communicate for additional information. Me too I'm new to this site
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Is your ATN sock still for sale, if so what shape is it in. How can we communicate for additional information. Me too I'm new to this site
Hi Ocean Sailor. The sock is still available. You can send a Private Message via the forum. I will send you one to respond to.
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Is your ATN sock still for sale, if so what shape is it in. How can we communicate for additional information. Me too I'm new to this site
To answer the question of condition, it is like new and has barely been used.
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Our ATN sock is still available. Price is reduced to $400 plus shipping.
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Re: ATN Spinnaker Sleeve/Sock

Is the Spinnaker sock still available?
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The sock has been sold - thanks.
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