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Old 14-04-2010, 15:13   #1
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WooHoo! Assymetrical Spinnaker...a few Detailed Qs

Bluewater will be sporting a new asymmetrical spinnaker this season. YEA! The new asail is coming with a sock. Bluewater is cutter rigged 40ft LOA, 14 tons, with J of 47'7, I of 16'10.

Now the detailed questions:

  • The masthead has dual spinnaker bails, 2 is better than one right, what ideas do you have to connect the new halyard block to the 2 bails?
  • Where can I find information on sheet and halyard sizing?
  • Is it worth the extra $$ to buy sheets that have their core removed for the last 40 feet (a hollow tail)?
  • I like the idea of ATN tacker for furling head sails, we have hank on sails, should I make a strop with a hank to reign in the tack by attaching it to the forestay?
I have flown an asymmetrical when I raced J80s, so am familure with their use, but any other tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated.
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One halyard block to both bails? What? Why? No.

10 or 12mm Endura Braid or the like. It can be really small if you're using a sock because you won't be handling it under load.

Don't strip out the tail. You could strip the cover off the standing part if you have a high-performance boat. Better to not strip the part at the head block though. So probably no.

The ATN Tacker is a silly thing. Maybe an ATN Tacker is for cruising gennakers? I wouldn't know as I've never used a gennaker...only real A kites. I let the clew of the A kite fly out ahead and windward of the bow. So the Tacker would be a miserable failure.

If you're using the A kite for cruising it's a big plus if you tell the sailmaker you want it cut to be stable and easy to fly .... unless you want a hard to trim wild fast thing ....
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I concur with Daddle on all points. Definitely don't strip the core. It would only benefit a cruiser in such light winds that you'll probably be motoring anyway.
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