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Asymmetrical Spinnaker Setup... 

So you thought you might want to try an asymmetrical spinnaker. Well now is the time to make your plans.

Setting up your boat to handle an asymmetrical is a lot easier than you might think. The essentials are a spinnaker halyard, a tack point and a sheet point.

The spinnaker halyard might be the hardest item to obtain, as it is necessary to have a point on the masthead from which to hang a block. With a little bit of luck your boat will be equipped with a crane from which you can hang a block or if you are really lucky your boat is already equipped with a spinnaker halyard. If you don't have a halyard, the size of the block and line is done according to the length of your boat or the area of the spinnaker. All manufacturers of blocks will have a sizing table to assist you in the selection of the appropriate block and halyard. The halyard, if it terminates on the mast, is 2.15 times the I dimension.

The tack point is somewhat easier. It ideally would be located in front of the headstay. Possible locations include an anchor roller or stem head. If this is not possible, the old tack fitting for your jib makes a good spot. The only downfall to this location is the tack line will cross over the headstay when you jibe. This is not the end of the world and the only caution is that if you are going to be on the same jibe for a long period of time, more than three to four hours, you should douse the sail and re-lead the tack line to the other side.

The final control to deal with is the sheet. The sheet block should be positioned within six feet of the transom. This can be accomplished by using existing tack points on the boat such as a rail track, stanchion base or a pad eye in the general area. The size of the block can again be sized from a manufacturers catalog but when sizing this block, remember the loads of the spinnaker will double as the line takes a 180 degree turn getting to your winch.

If you still need more information on the setup and flying of the sail, contact us at the loft and we will be more than happy to go through the setup with you or meet you at your boat to discuss what you might need to get your new sail flying.





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Sails - high quality, great priced cruising sails and racing sails from the trusted sailmakers at Scott Sailmakers. We make the highest quality cruising mainsail, genoa, spinnakers and racing sails.