Originally Posted by sandy daugherty
I've seen a couple of solutions to shift the assymetrical chute (or a code Zero) tack laterally. A Stiletto 30 had a sturdy 7x19 wire between the bows, and the sail tacked to a wire sheave that ran on the wire. There were traveller control lines led back to the cockpit
. The loads were quite high, but the control was elegant. The code Zero
could be carried effectively to a much higher angle because shifting the tack downwind tightened the sheeting angle.
A second solution is a swinging bowsprit
. Mine is a long carbon pole with a spinnaker pole socket mounted forward of the mast
. It can be adjusted by lengthening or shortening the wisker stays (that run from the front of the pole down to the bows just at the waterline.) These require a significant winch
to adjust under load, but since my cat has no gull striker, the pole is free to swing from side to side on top of the tramps. I fly a furling
screacher from this pole, and have not tried the spinnaker on it.
I built something similar to what Sandy describes for my PDQ
32. Like Sandy, I too previously owned a Stiletto and my PDQ
design was an up-graded version.
However, I took the traveller back off after a few months, preferring the simplicity of a single
point. Though it worked mechanically, I found it was slower and I simply didn't use the feature. I should have known this, I suppose. I never used the traveler on the Stiletto either. Jibing down wind
was faster and more fun, and the genoa
was as fast up wind
as the code zero due to lower lee way.
Additionally, the Stilettos and PDQ 32s are beach cat rigged (no back stay) and cannot ease the main out far enough to sail deep without stalling.
I hate to be the contrarian voice, but I don't think moving it is going to help. You will be able to sail deeper and slower.