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Gennaker that is undersized - dangerous?
Is there any reason NOT to fly an undersized asymmetrical spinnaker (gennaker) from my boat?
The full details:
I have a gennaker from my previous boat, a 34-foot ketch. I now own a 37-foot cutter. The gennaker is a great sail. Basically brand new, all set up with its own ATN snuffer, swivel and control lines.
I know ... you're going to ask for the specs of the sail ... I don't have them. I do know the asym is sized for our ketch, which had a:
Our current boat (cutter) has:
I know this sail will be undersized for our cutter, but is there a danger in flying it? The things I'm wondering about is, since the luff will be too small, it will either be hoisted with the head lower than it should be, or the clew set too high ... that sort of thing. Should I hoist it with a long lead off the head, to have the clew lower, or should I live with the high clew ... does it matter?
I imagine it will take some fiddling, but other than being undersized, I don't think there is a problem giving this a try -- but I'm not a great sailor. Can I get into trouble using this sail on my cutter?
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