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Old 17-10-2016, 22:43   #1
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Minimum size to "spinnaker fly"?

What is the smallest spinnaker (symmetrical) needed for "spinnaker flying" to lift people between 100 - 160 lbs in 8kts - 12kts wind?

I'm looking to buy a used, cheap spinnaker to do some spinnaker flying with the kids. I'd use the one I have, but it's asymmetrical and I don't want to spend more than I need to lift the teenagers up out of the water.

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Old 21-10-2016, 12:43   #2
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Re: Minimum size to "spinnaker fly"?

Sounds incredibly dangerous to me, especially for kids!
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Re: Minimum size to "spinnaker fly"?

A crappy old chute off a j-36 worked well for me....


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Re: Minimum size to "spinnaker fly"?

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Sounds incredibly dangerous to me, especially for kids!

It's only dangerous in a storm.


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Re: Minimum size to "spinnaker fly"?

Looks like way to much fun for kids!

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Re: Minimum size to "spinnaker fly"?

scherzoja, a used chute from a 30 footer will do you, based on having seen kids doing this on a 30 footer with its own spinnaker. I always thought people just used what they had, but I can see someone wanting to do it with less.

Maybe one of the engineering types here could calculate for you exactly how small would work for you. Maybe one from a 505 would do?????

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