We're presently in the USA and brought a bunch of sails
with us to Colorado for repair. yeah, I know. Seems strange to be in the mountains for sail repair. Short version of the story is that there is nobody where we live who knows a sail from back seat upholstery when it comes to repairs
. We have to have a rip in the main re-fixed correctly.
We also brought a spinnaker
and a worn out, often patched drifter. We've got an almost new asymmetrical spinnaker
in a sock, and don't think we need both the asym and the old spinnaker. We've already given away two spinnaker poles and don't anticipate using it. The drifter is almost rags, with more repair thread in it than original it appears. We only brought it so that the sailmaker
here can see the measurements.
We are thinking of getting the spinnaker recut to something else that we will use. I have been looking at screechers and drifters, and am looking for input.
The boat has a 130% genoa
on a furler
, with a separate forestay next to it. It's a catamaran
with blocks and hard points on both bows, so I have plenty of ways to rig. In addition to the genoa
, we also have what I think is about a 90% hank-on jib
Since we have the socked asym, my thinking is that we would never use the symmetrical spinnaker in any case, and it would be better to have another sail. We live in the trade
winds, and I was also looking at a cruising version of a Code Zero
. But with the original 90% jib
and the 130% Genoa, we think we have the upwind stuff pretty well covered.
What do you think would be the best use of the unused spinnaker? A free flying drifter, or a hanked on screecher?
It may be that the sailmaker
can repair the drifter, he hasn't seen it yet, but I am doubtful.
We have no experience with any of these other than the main and the genoa, which are both on roller furlers. Previous owner loved the drifter, and told us he tended to leave it up too long with increasing winds and that he had personally blown it out four times and repaired it himself each time. You can imagine.
But if he loved it so much, I am thinking that using the original drifter as a pattern, the sailmaker could maybe cut us a new drifter from a rarely used spinnaker. Yes?