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Asymmetrical Spi & Foil Headstay

We're considering buying a socked asym for our J29 that's sometimes sailed shorthanded. Not having a sprit the tack can fly free or we could mount a tacker on the furled headsail. This latter approach concerns us.....would a puff end up bending the foil? Thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Re: Asymmetrical Spi & Foil Headstay

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We're considering buying a socked asym for our J29 that's sometimes sailed shorthanded. Not having a sprit the tack can fly free or we could mount a tacker on the furled headsail. This latter approach concerns us.....would a puff end up bending the foil? Thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks.
This is a contentious issue, right up there with anchors. I am a fan of tackers, I have never had one damage a foil.
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Re: Asymmetrical Spi & Foil Headstay

I've been hit by 20+ kt gusts with a tacker and the boat has spun out a few times with no apparent damage to a Schaeffer 2100.
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Re: Asymmetrical Spi & Foil Headstay

As long as the load is spread out on the forestay a bit, which the commercially available "tacker" type products do, you shouldn't have a problem. Where you might run into a problem is if you just used a piece of rope or webbing, or if you had excessive slack in your headstay.

I'm not a big fan of that setup, but many people do it.
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Re: Asymmetrical Spi & Foil Headstay

So if you have a tacker is the a-sail still gybed outside the forstay, or does it help make it easier to inside gybe?
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So if you have a tacker is the a-sail still gybed outside the forstay, or does it help make it easier to inside gybe?
With the asym flying close to or at the headstay your only option is an outside gybe. (assuming that the spinnaker/asym halyard is above the forestay)

The outside gybe is the easiest to do anyhow - just don't let the lazy sheet fall into the water and run over it.
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