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TOPIC: Spinnaker Pull Down in Old Waterat

Spinnaker Pull Down in Old Waterat 5 years 7 months ago #401

  • bpedlow
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Looking to remove the spinnaker sock and have crew pull-down on the spinnaker. Does anyone have any experience doing this with a conventional spinnaker tube (small diam, low exit on bulkhead)? I am concerned about friction and wear on the top of the tube where it exits the bulkhead.

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Re: Spinnaker Pull Down in Old Waterat 5 years 7 months ago #402

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Your challenge is also to keep the spinnaker out of the crew area when it is down.
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Re: Spinnaker Pull Down in Old Waterat 5 years 7 months ago #403

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Hi,

I have just finished overhauling my newer 505. I wonder, should we use the previous system (spin dropped down by the crew) or change to spinnaker sock. I instal spinnaker sock, but I am still in doubts was it a good decision. I watched many videos, but was unable to find any significant advantage of no-sock system. What are pros and cons of spinnaker dropped by the crew (no spinnaker sock)?

regards,

Luke
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Re: Spinnaker Pull Down in Old Waterat 5 years 7 months ago #404

Sailed a Waterat in 2007 with Doug Hagan, was impressed with the sock as it does not allow the kite to stick to the side of the tunnel when wet. The mesh sock reduced friction and allowed a smooth launch each time. My boat is a Freo505 with a bigger diameter shoot but I'm still trying to fit the mesh to the bottom of the tunnel to prevent the kite sticking and allowing for a quicker hoist. The other issue with a Waterat, as Holtie has pointed out; is that the kite comes right back into the crews area. Not a good idea. I'd keep the sock unless you have come up with another way to keep the kite up front then the crew drop is a handy option.

Good luck.
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