I don’t want to leave the Rigger without having proper downwind sailing capability.
They had me leave while they are waiting for some parts
. So it’s a good chance for me to make sure to get a spinnaker
Initially, I just want something rudimentary. For DDW.
I’m a very lazy sailor and I’m not really keen on tacking downwind or doing much work
. I like to set a course, set a sail, and mostly forget it unless the wind
I can’t really remember how I used to fly spinnakers. It wasn’t very common because only one of my boats had one. The Catalac
So, it had an ATN sock thing. Like with a plastic hoop or two. If I remember correctly, you hoisted this sock up the mast
, tied off the bottom, then pulled on something to lift
that sock all the way up to the top, revealing the spinnaker
. I think that’s how it worked. It was a symmetric spinnaker.
I found it relatively easy to use. Because of the smooth plastic rings, it was really able to douse the spinnaker easily.
I know it may not be completely ideal, but remember what I am doing right now. I am trying this lifestyle out a bit again to see if I like it still. It’s been a long time.
What should I do for my spinnaker?
I want to be able to just tie it off to bow cleats
for now. I don’t have a bowsprit
yet. Or possibly tie it off to one bow cleat and one miship cleat. That could cover a LOT of downwind sailing angles. This is like a back up default plan that I would like to have.
The other plan, which very well might happen, would be to put a turning block aft and lead the spinnaker sheet all the way back forward to the mast
area. Then to my sail control table inside the boat
In either case, how can I most simply rig a spinnaker without a bowsprit
I don’t really need anything too fancy. I just need it to work
In much of the same spirit as my bridle
. All I do is use a Prussik for one side and tie a bowline to the Prussik for the other side of the bridle
. It works fantastically.
I would like this type of simplicity if possible. Not to rely on pieces of hardware
. But to rely on simplicity and knowledge.
First step is symmetrical or asymmetrical?
Second step would be how to rig that without a bowsprit.