Originally Posted by Takitezy
I'm not sure how it folds up with the two cables
holding it down? Are these released somehow?
The way mine is set up it does not fold up, it folds sideways. When the bowsprit is in use the screecher or spinnaker
is on a line/wire that functions at a forestay. This forestay raises the bowsprit maybe a couple of feet or so above the forward cross member
the bowsprit is attached to via a pin. When the screecher/spinnaker is lowered the bowsprit is lowered resulting in slack in the two cables
holding it down. With slack in those cables it is possible to fold the bowsprit sideways so it is along side the forward cross member
. There is a system of lines attached to the bowsprit that are secured via a jam cleat to secure the bowsprit.
Just as an aside I have also seen the video of top down furling
spinnakers and talked to Mack Sales about one. It is definitely something that interests me. Problem is I am still not sure just how much I would use it. In racing
most multihulls don't sail directly before the wind
, instead they sail two legs since it is faster. Not saying race
boats don't use spinnakers or that a spinnaker
does not mean the boat is going faster; just that for someone like me who single
hands or often has an inexperienced crew the extra speed may not be worth the effort.