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sanctuarysam 09-27-2006 05:44 PM

Where to buy asymmetrical spinnaker
i need some practical advice on where to buy and what weight i need in either a new (2nd choice) or good condition used (1st choice) asymm for my sabre 30. having only ever flown traditional chutes (J/24 last boat), i am somewhat at a loss as what is best for cruising the Chesapeake. .75 or 1.5 oz? I= 41.5 J= 12.23.. my new toy budget is getting stretched, but i want something decent that will last.
any suggestions?

btrayfors 09-27-2006 05:49 PM


Try Bacon Sails in Annapolis:


sanctuarysam 09-27-2006 06:26 PM

thanks for the link..any thoughts on weight...this is one of my quandries. i'd like to get a sense which is the best/most durable for my needs. also any significant difference in sail lofts..i have UK now, but have been happy w/ quantum and north too from previous experience.

Champ 09-28-2006 09:24 AM

You might also try Cruising Direct, which is owned by North. Pretty inexpensive for cruising asymmetricals. They also have chute socks if you want to go in that direction. (With a sock, I can raise my chute while single handing my Morgan 35.) Unless you're going to use it in really heavy air, a 3/4 oz., I'd go with a 3/4 oz.

Gary M 09-28-2006 09:31 AM

Champ, the raising a chute is the easy part, it is getting the darn thngs down if the wind picks up that is fun. :)

Actually I know think you mean both ways but can you use a sock on a conventional chute? I guess you could have just never seen one in action. I would like to be able to single hand mine on a masthead 30 footer.


SailinJay 09-28-2006 10:22 AM

I sail out of Annapolis. I purchased a Quantum V3 asymmetrical when I bought my boat four years ago. They recommended the 0.75 vs the 1.5. Quantum had a loft on Bay Ridge on the right just before you turn at the light at Edgewood.

sanctuarysam 09-28-2006 10:49 AM

atn/sock there a significant difference in dousing media? i'm not sure if a sock is a sock is a sock..
i have read suggestions that you mount a block on deck so you are pulling up and down the snuffer from that point to maintain your center of gravity.
as far as the V series..apparently you have a choice between the 0,3 and 5, i believe. i'm just trying to figure out the best value in chutes..i'll gladly pay for quality..but don't want to get soaked either.

Parley 09-28-2006 03:18 PM

I belive it was "Practical Sailor" magazine (latest issue) that did a review of cruising chutes, weights, lofts recommendations, how they are used, etc.. .

sanctuarysam 09-28-2006 08:00 PM

thanks..although apparently that was the aug 01 edition that they will generously sell me the article for a mere $10.oo..oh and the article about anchors..uh huh..another 10 spot..after looking at the archives, i'm up to about 15 articles i'm interested in..hmmm..worth it?

owlmtn 09-29-2006 06:24 AM

We've been thinking of going with an A sail too. I'm looking for advice on sizing (we sail a tartan 30). any other pros and cons wouild be appreciated also. Jim L

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