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Old 01-02-2013, 19:17   #31
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Hi Tamicatana,
Sure, we only have three sails on our Belize 43. At first this was, a larger, elliptical head main, full size genoa, and asymmetrical spinnaker.
This is now being replaced with a Code 0 instead of the asymmetrical spinnaker. The spinnaker was too much hassle even for one that has raced a lot.
The Code 0 will be used much more because of the ease of handling.
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Old 02-02-2013, 00:11   #32
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Re: Spinnaker - Symmetric v's Asymmetric

I think the best sail wardrobe is main, headsail, screecher on prodder and sym spinnaker mounted to windward hull.
A 130 m2 sym spinnaker can replace the need for a mainsail/screecher configuration for the bottom 80 degrees. (40 degrees either side of DDW) and can work with a main up to about 90 degrees apparent.
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Re: Spinnaker - Symmetric v's Asymmetric

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I think the best sail wardrobe is main, headsail, screecher on prodder and sym spinnaker mounted to windward hull.
A 130 m2 sym spinnaker can replace the need for a mainsail/screecher configuration for the bottom 80 degrees. (40 degrees either side of DDW) and can work with a main up to about 90 degrees apparent.
Our friends can carry their symmetrical spinnaker up to about 60 apparent.

That's them at the end of this video, sailing just a little faster than us.



I know the main halyard was a bit loose, but we started off in 5-6 knots breeze so I had it loose for that. Tightened it up just after taking the video.
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I think the best sail wardrobe is main, headsail, screecher on prodder and sym spinnaker mounted to windward hull.
A 130 m2 sym spinnaker can replace the need for a mainsail/screecher configuration for the bottom 80 degrees. (40 degrees either side of DDW) and can work with a main up to about 90 degrees apparent.
For the bottom 80 degrees, we would never use the main. For the bottom 30 or 40 degrees (apparent), it is the screecher and jib, wing and wing. What is the point of trying to balance the screecher with the main when the main is so far aft? And there is a perfectly good jib to balance the screecher, right on the bow, albeit less SA than the main, but the autopilot loves the forward sails.
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The spinnaker was too much hassle

Again, thanks!

That's interesting... Why not top-down furling?
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Top down furlers work well but, once again, this sail and furler, will have to be taken out of stowage and lines run to set it up. Than, without a UV strip, will have be removed after use and stored again. The Code 0 could have a light weight UV strip and could be left up rolled for lengths of time.
BTW, this sail can be used dead down wind, wing and wing with the main or genoa. The sail area would be much greater than a screecher and jib.
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Re: Spinnaker - Symmetric v's Asymmetric

Here is a table of speeds needed when downwind tacking to equal the straight line course. Some areas running deep is the better option due to shipping lanes, geography etc.....and of course sailing farther can be faster.
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