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Re: Do I need a guy and a sheet on each side of spinnaker?
Actually, if you're going to use the main to blanket the spinnaker, a surer way is to drop it down the companionway (either under the boom or 'letterbox' it) rather than drop it on the foredeck where it could still get caught by the wind.. plus it keeps the crew weight aft when you most need it.
..just a suggestion.
On our Martin 242 the kite was launched and retrieved from a companionway bag.. it works great because the kite never needs repacking, and the sheets and halyard stay attached all the time. We even left the guy in the pole jaws unless we had to do a windward set, or changed jibes between runs.
A large overlapping genoa would interfere with this strategy, but up to about 28-30 feet I think that idea could be made to work.
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