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post #18 of Old 12-11-2012
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Re: Researching spinnakers

Got one of raising it, dousing or gybing?
Of course not, no one to hold the camera.

I've flown a chute solo before without an autopilot. It's almost impossible to do on my 25 footer. My boat doesn't track very well (at all) downwind and can get squirrely pretty quick in breeze.

If you think he'll fly it solo, ask the sailmaker about getting a takedown line sewn onto the spinnaker. On small boats with small kites, this makes it very easy to douse.

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