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Aside from the various practical problems that others have touched on above, appreciate that this spinnaker is about 60% of the proper size for your boat. On a racing boat a spinnaker this size would be a chicken, chicken chute, used in say 18-24 knots apparent. To power your boat in lite to moderate winds, it would be of little use, even if you could get it to fly properly. Forgettaboutit.
Now I happen to be a big fan of spinnakers, and symetrical ones at that. I never go cruising without mine, and I usually leave all spinnaker lines run on deck and ready to go, so popping the spinnnaker only involves getting the bag out and putting the pole up. Many travel days turn into a relaxing sail under a well drawing chute, passing others laboring along the same route under power only.
My advice is go for it, but better a sail a little too big than one too small. Plus you'll cut quite a picture.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 03-19-2008 at 11:09 PM.