Originally Posted by Sail Dumaguete
Gentlemen, I guess your both right , loose tack allowing sail to float a little on the downwind and hard on the downhaul on the upwind. Thanks Dtm, Dan, btw, since my bowsprit is not yet installed, I might first try flying the A-sail without a bowsprit and just attach the tack on the bow,just infront of the forestay. What ya think?
Dumaguete - That is just about exactly what we did. We rigged a downhaul 4:1 and hoisted the spinnaker
in front of the forestay. It is a masthead spinnaker
and the tack was about 4-5 feet above the deck
. We had a hard time hauling donw hard enough in 10 kt winds and when we gybed it, it flew across the bow and had a distinct curve in the luff.
Once we got on a reach and stable, it pulled like a team of mules.
Suggest - Do not put a stopper knot
in the downhaul in case you need to release it. Do not stopper knot
(for any spinnaker) - same reason.
Try light airs first. No traffic (we were sorting in our shipping
channel) and try ot have 4 crew on board. We were 3 and it was barely manageable.
Alternately you can rig it like the one on this Beneteau
. This is how we usually rig ours. However, like you, we would like to have a simpler rig too, which is why we tried the experiment
Imagine the space between the bottom end of the spinnaker in this picture with nothing but a line holding it down. Much more control with the pole. This is also what I meant by braced hard and sheeted hard.