Asymm Spinnaker Setup Pictures

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  • May 10, 2012 12:33 PM
    Reply # 916908 on 913021
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    Hi again,

    I am pretty sure the luff is too long, I knew that going in, but at the same time without the proper hardware in place it is hard to know how much has to come off. Measure twice and all that.

    I don't have roller furling, just hank on, so that is one consideration.

    The PO of the sail mentioned that Carol Hasse called it a Code Zero assym when she gave it a once over, and it has a relatively shallow chord/camber/belly. My local sailmaker at UK Halsey called it a drifter, from the pic at the start of this post - judging by the cut of the panels, I guess.

    The mast ladder should arrive Friday, Bud's parcel of spinnaker hardware should arrive next week sometime, then I can run it up and see where it really sits. Then I need a snuffer, although I was surprised at the ka-ching for one of those. Oh right, it's for a boat. I found an old review on line and it recommends the ATN over the North Sails version, as does Bud. I think I can get it locally through UK and not pay the postage/brokerage.

    Here's a question - I have only have one block slightly aft of the scuppers that I use for my foresail. Will that be about the right location for the larger sails (thinking about the genoa I bought too). I have no car or traveller. When I was flying the genoa the reefing cringle on the leech edge was luffing like crazy. I had the sheet going from the clew almost straight down to turn through the arms of my mid-ships cleat as a temp solution. I don't think it was the right location.

    Thanks for all the suggestions - us newbies can't get enough!


  • May 11, 2012 4:16 PM
    Reply # 918030 on 913021
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    Hey Stephen,

    I take it you won't need pictures of the whisker pole mount now.


  • May 12, 2012 1:55 AM
    Reply # 918303 on 913021
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    Not any time soon, but thanks, 


  • May 24, 2012 3:05 PM
    Reply # 929688 on 913021
    Hey Stephen,

    A Code Zero is the flattest of asymmetric spinnakers. If you're going to use it to that advantage, you'll need the luff to be around 43'-44', depending on your boat, so you can get it full tight. It probably has a high-tech synthetic webbing luff line for taking the tension?

    As for sheet location, I reeve the spinnaker sheet through the fairlead blocks for our main jib winch, which is in the after-most position on the genoa track, so about a foot and a half forward of the jib winches. It works great, doesn't require new stuff, and for the cut of our sail gives a good shape. The track will probably work for your zero, too. 

    Also, re the sock: asymms will almost always be used with the main up, and if the main is up, it's really not difficult to put the asymm in the lee of the main and just drop it on deck. We do have a sock (bought through Porpoise Sails in Sarasota, FL when he recut our symmetric, cost about $220), but you definitely don't NEED one. 

  • June 27, 2012 7:11 AM
    Reply # 984451 on 913021
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    I was wondering if any Westsailors out there are using one of Kern's assymetricals. I've been using one of his main sails and a super yankees for years, and love them. Hard to believe, but I've never flown a asymmetrical on Agua Azul, and I'm looking for some feedback based on personal expierence. Any info, such as weight (3/4 or 1.5oz), size (demensions), price, how much you use yours, as well as any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Will & Claudette "Agua Azul"
  • July 01, 2012 7:15 AM
    Reply # 989562 on 913021
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Will:  Randy Leasure just got a new Kern sail that might be considered asymmetrical sail -- but he is out of touch to ask for a couple weeks as he is racing in the SHTP.  Hopefully he will have a review of his new sail when he is back online.  
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