We use a bridle
from the two bows, with lines rigged to winches, for both our screecher (on that Selden 2500, I believe it is) and our assymetrical spinnaker
(in a "kite condom").
This is NOT the simplest and most convenient system to use, but it does by far provide the greatest variability of sail trim and uses for the sail. With this system we have found it to be our single
most favorite sail. By varying the position and tension - windward to leeward, high or low, we use it anywhere from near close-hauled, like a drifter or extra-light #1 genoa
, in light air, to dead downwind, often wing-on-wing with the genoa
where it can fly almost like a blooper. With the wind
behind the beam we often furl the main and use it alone or with the genoa.
The comment about halyard
tension is on-target - luff tension is important for getting a good tight furl (and also good for unfurling)....as well as when using it at closer wind
angles. But with the (bridle) tack lines it's easy to put that tension in and ease it. However, one must pay attention to the lead and tension on the continuous furler
line; when the position of the furler
(tack) changes so too does the tension - so one must adjust it also. After a few instances of stretching it way too tight or having it tangled or ineffective because too loose, we adopted a procedure to always put the tack in the same place (usually just to one side of centerline, on the same side as the furling
line is led).
If you're the sort, like me an old racing
sailor, who likes to constantly play the sail trim and try different combinations, you'll love this. But if you just want simple and easy, go with the fixed position furler on a bowsprit