Originally Posted by nolatom
Generally agree, except dead downwind in light air. If you have a long cruising leg like that, the old-school spinnaker will pull you straight downwind much better than the assyms, which are good on broad reaches but too much blanketed by the main (like any jib) on a run. And once you get it flying, it's actually simpler than trying to run wing & wing with a jib. You could zig-zag downwind with the gennaker, but now you have a lot more jibing and chart work to do if you're doing DR plotting and "naviguessing"
Besides, the questioner already has a symmetrical spinnaker, and wouldn't have a bowsprit for an assym.
True, but on my boat, which does have a bowsprit for my screacher sail, and is generally more efficient on a broad reach than a DDW run, the screacher works quite well. This is generally true of alot of multihulls...
I was just mentioning that most non-racers, especially ones who are sailing with a minimal crew, often find the asyms much more conducive to being used often. The efficiency of a symmetrical spinnaker is not worth much if you're finding it too much work to make it worthwhile to hoist and fly.
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