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Spinnaker sizing and purchasing

 
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mbergelson



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Location: New York, NY

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2003 8:27 pm    Post subject: Spinnaker sizing and purchasing Reply with quote

I'm thinking about getting a chute this season. Any ideas on the correct size for a spinnaker or a gennaker for the P31?

Also, is there a good used market for spinnakers? Where should I look?
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amos



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Location: Edgewater, MD

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2003 5:54 pm    Post subject: Spinnaker sizing and purchasing Reply with quote

I purchased a model G3 gennaker from North Sails over the winter, taking advantage of their 20% winter discount. Dimensions are Luff= 43.24, Leech=37.50, Foot=18.86 and Mid Girth= 19.25. The G3 is not the largest gennaker, but it can be used over a wider range of wind conditions than the larger sails. The sail came with a nice bag and snuffer, I think the total price was $1800. At the time that I was shopping, this price was considerably cheaper than competitors. It seems to be sized correctly. You can go to http://na.northsails.com/Cruising_Sails/gennakers.html and read about the options. Also on the website there is a utility program you can use to select the colors.

I installed a spinnaker crane from Rigrite for the halyard because I want to try jibing the sail around forward of the headstay. The crane, NG1-2 model, can be seen at http://www.rigrite.com/Spars/Isomat_Spars/Isomat_Masts/NG46_mast.html. The halyard runs thru the masthead block down to a block on the mast collar and along the port side of the coachtop thru a deck organizer and rope clutch (same arrangement as the original equip on the starboard side). The tack pendant (sp?) runs thru a block attached to the stem and back to the cockpit. Also ran an emergency tack release line from the tack shackle to the cockpit. The control lines for the snuffer collar are cleated on one of the bow cleats. I put rail-mounted blocks at the base of the stern rail on either side for the sheets. The blocks I have been using are series 30-SL from Garhauer http://garhauermarine.com/catalog.cfm.

I also shopped for used sails, you might try http://www.baconsails.com in Annapolis. I found that a used sail in good shape with snuffer and bag was not much cheaper than the new one.
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mbergelson



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 9:07 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Amos,

Thanks for all of the information -- this was quite helpful.


Cheers,

Mike, S/V Jon V
Pearson 31-II #98
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