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post #19 of Old 02-18-2013
GeorgeB
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Re: What to do with my old spinnaker?

Med, I think what you are describing is a light air runner type kite. .5 oz is pretty light for your size boat and the sail probably has a wind range of 5 – 15 kts max true wind. A mid seventies construction could also mean a radial head (or older) design which is also make it dated and probably only good for really deep wind angles. That, and the fact that nylon isn’t UV stabilized means sell it for whatever you can get. The amount of rigging you would need to purchase probably doesn’t make it worthwhile (like, if the sail blows up after a couple of uses). Also flying that runner like it is an A-kite will be a lesson in frustration. Attaching the clew to the head stay will make the rounded, windward shoulder want to do a vicious head stay wrap and if you try to fly it at the hotter, A-kite angles, you will find yourself sailing on your ear a lot. Sell it on Craig’s List I am sure with all the cruising boats up there, someone will want it.

George B
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