Originally Posted by gbillman
Pete- If you douse it rather than gybe, do you use a single sheet vs double sheets? I'm new to spinnakers and have heard both techniques. Thanks
Yes single sheet and walk it around the mast
and baby stay, length is 1.5x boat length which allows the sail to fly out when approaching a near down wind
course. The sheet runs through a pulley block mounted on the toe rail at the stern and back to the winches. The tack is held to the furled Genoa
on the forestay with a home made ATN tacker. I have some pictures if you are interested in making your own. Height is about 4ft off the deck
to clear the pullpit. I haven't experimented enough to see what small adjustments in height of the tack do, might be negligible or may be worth while.
In use the sail fills and moves about with each puff of wind, so unlike using a jib
going to windward, there is no need to crank it in hard or minimize stretch to the last fraction with large expensive sheets. I think ours came from the odds bin in the local chandler, looked about right and felt nice to handle. Its also a completely different colour to all the other sheets and rope
on board because on a broad reach you do have a lot of string in the cockpit
. Plus a bundle at the mast
base from the assm halyard
and snuffer string, plus your normal cordage.
The assm can be flown on a downwind course but you will need a pole to bring the tack around to the windward side, which means an up haul and guys etc. Quite a bit of extra complication if you are single handing. I prefer the "keep it simple" approach.
As a light wind sail it comes down if the wind approaches 14-15 knots. so working on the foredeck to use the snuffer and move the sheet isn't a problem in the calm conditions we use this sail. It's a big sail so am wary of being caught out if the wind suddenly picks up.
It does provide quite a bit of drive in light calm conditions, great for setting and sitting back on a calm barmy warm day if you have a few miles to cover and just chill out with the auto pilot doing the work
. We are still very much at the learning
stage with this sail, but its a fun sail to fly rather than motoring or using our 140% Genoa
in light winds which it isn't great at.