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Old 07-08-2012
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Re: Rigging up an A-sail

Chris mentions setting up a sprit of some sort to handle the tack of the A-sail. Make sure it's strong enough. Rode in a launch on Friday with crew from a boat (Evelyn 32?) that rigged up their own A-sail sprit. They said their first two sprits had had...longevity issues. You're dealing with a big sail on a heavy boat. Using the anchor roller may work - but it is designed more to handle downward (anchor) forces, not upward (sail) strains.
All in all, you may be able to spend several thousand dollars setting up the hardware, and another several thou on the sail. On an Irwin 39, this may give you an extra knot on reaches, compared to a big genoa. The cost/benefit ratio starts to look very tight from this angle.

Last edited by paulk; 07-08-2012 at 01:14 PM.
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