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Re: Dousing a cruising asym without blowing the tack?

Alex W -

Sounds like you want to rig an assym on your 28 footer with an articulating pole? I raced on a C&C115 with the same setup. Oversized pole and chute. You will need...

-A topping lift for the pole, you can do a bridle setup or just run it out to the end of the pole. Usually it's at the end of the pole on big boats for dip pole gybes.

-two sheets, very long. At least 2x the boat length, posibley more.

-two guys that are low stretch. These can be shorter, but use hi-er tech stuff.

-a foreguy that allows the chute to pass in front of the forstay (low stretch). On the C&C115 it comes out of the bow below the forstay tang. Yes there's a hole in the hull.

To gybe it you'll need to....
Ease the guy to the forestay and transfer the load to the foreguy,
Sky the inboard end of the pole,
Lower the topper,
Trip the pole off the old guy, swing the pole to the other side and make the new guy,
Gybe the boat and keep the lazy sheet from going under the boat,
Lower the inboard end, raise the topper,
Ease the foreguy, and grind back on the new guy.

It's honestly the best of both worlds but it certainly ain't easy.
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