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Re: Flying a Symmetrical Like an Asymmetrical
I think that the above graphic is from a Sail Magazine article from a few years ago. IMHO the art department got it a little bit wrong in the first graphic. The turning block should be in front of the head stay and not behind. The second graphic shows the lazy sheet going in front of the head stay as it should. If you rigged your boat this way, the spinnaker halyard would chafe against the headstay after gybing and with the halyard wrapped, it would be very difficult in dousing the sail after a run.
I suspect the illustration was simply generic to illustrate the use of the parrel bead collar around the headstay and the adjustable tack height. On our boat we rig the stemhead turning block from the lazy anchor roller, ahead of the stay. Note, however, that, unlike an asymmetric it would be very difficult to effect a gybe with a full symmetric. Doable, but very difficult.
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