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Old 04-05-2011, 07:16   #16
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Re: Drifter, Genaker or Asymmetric

Hey Captain Eric, love those Hans Christians. Real sea going ships.
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Hey Captain Eric, love those Hans Christians. Real sea going ships.
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Thanks man. Certainly never ending maintenance associated with it but on the whole it's been great to us.
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Old 04-05-2011, 16:27   #18
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Here is our "Drifter" in action... It's a good sail in light air from any point of wind.

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Pamlico Traveler has posted a pic of the only sail I'd call a "drifter".

1. Real drifters are LARGE....very large.....maybe 170% or more. You sheet them in near the aft cockpit.

2. Real drifters are constructed of VERY LIGHT WEIGHT nylon or Dacron...like 1.5 to 2.5 oz.

3. Real drifters have many more than "4 or 5 hanks"....unless you're on a 17-footer.

I absolutely LOVED my drifter on Born Free, for the first 14 years or so of ownership. GREAT light air sail. Tremendous pulling power. Good on close reach to almost a run.

In the Eastern Caribbean in the days before roller furlers were popular, it was common practice to furl headsails and tie them along the upper life lines. So it was with Luke, and I had a special green sailcover made for him from Sunbrella to match the other sailcovers on the boat.

I remember that when furled along the lifelines, Luke's clew extended way beyond the opening gates amidships, so I had to fold about six feet of the sail forward.

I tended to fly Luke in much more than light airs, and paid the price. Had it for about 8 years in the Caribbean, and my sailmaker sewed it up as many times.

Last time, I was singlehanding from Trellis Bay, Beef Island to Cooper Island in a bit of a breeze. About 20 knots across the deck. Going like a bat out of hell. About 200 yards from rounding the point on Cooper Island into the protected waters of Machineel Bay, there was a thunderous....
B O O M !


My much loved "Luke the Drifter" (named after Hank William's original stage name) split from the forestay to the clew, shaking the whole rig.

I knew this was likely to be the last dance for Luke, but took him to the sailmaker anyway. As I feared, that was it. The sailmaker pronounced Luke DOA, and that was that.

Still looking to replace him. I've done the asymmetrical/drifter calcs, too, and since I no longer have a bare forestay (the ProFurl LC-42 now lives there), it will very likely be an assymetrical with just a head, tack, and clew.

Sure miss Luke, though :-) RIP!

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Great colors too!!
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..much loved "Luke the Drifter" (named after Hank William's original stage name) split from the forestay to the clew, shaking the whole rig.

I knew this was likely to be the last dance for Luke, but took him to the sailmaker anyway.
Our sailmaker made a living off our drifter until we learned to take it down at about 10-12 knot winds.
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Last time, I was singlehanding from Trellis Bay, Beef Island to Cooper Island in a bit of a breeze. About 20 knots across the deck. Going like a bat out of hell. About 200 yards from rounding the point on Cooper Island into the protected waters of Machineel Bay, there was a thunderous....
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My much loved "Luke the Drifter" (named after Hank William's original stage name) split from the forestay to the clew, shaking the whole rig.



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Ok Bill, how did you get Luke up and down single-handed without a sock? I have a "Flasher", an asym spin, that I'm afraid to mess with single-handed. How to keep boat straight? How to douse without someone at the wheel?
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Ok Bill, how did you get Luke up and down single-handed without a sock? I have a "Flasher", an asym spin, that I'm afraid to mess with single-handed. How to keep boat straight? How to douse without someone at the wheel?
Good questions!

The secret is to know your boat, to plan ahead, and to practice.

Have the drifter (or other head sail) ready to hoist, lying free on the deck, halyard attached and ready to go.

With the main set and underway at a good clip, look for a good opportunity to come up into the wind and do so smartly as if you were going to tack. But, don't. Stop turning short of coming thru the wind. Set the brake on the wheel with the rudder set straight ahead, or just a bit to leeward.

Now, run (carefully) forward and haul up the head sail fast. Make it secure and rush back to the cockpit as the boat falls off the wind.

Then, get in the sheet quickly and you're off. You can make up the halyards nicely when underway and all is set in the cockpit.

You can douse the drifter in the same way. Come up into the wind slowly, go forward and drop it, gathering it quickly inside the lifelines along the leeward rail.

At the time, ALL my head sails were hanked on (#1, #2, #3 genoas, working jib, stormsail, drifter, etc.), so I had lots of practice :-)

It's easier on larger boats since they don't turn so fast :-)

It's really not rocket science...just a matter of playing the wind and sea conditions and practicing.

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