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Re: Do I need a guy and a sheet on each side of spinnaker?
Does anyone sail by spinnaker alone>
Lots of good stuff above.
I fly mine alone regularly. Sometimes a 1.5oz asym off the bowsprit, and sometimes either the asym or .75oz sym off the pole.
The dip pole is generally used on larger boats and requires a sizable crew.
I was with you right to the end. 30 years racing foredeck may change my attitude but I fly a chute with a dip pole alone.
That said, an good autopilot is critical and many don't do well downwind (they hunt).
If things pipe up and it looks like a gybe will be sporty I'm not shy about dumping the chute, gybing, and relaunching. Of course I'm a long distance guy so there are hours if not days between gybes. *grin*
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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