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Freedom 32 Symmetric spinnaker

The old Yanmar has a new head and is up and running again! I have a new suit of sails! We are planning to head down island from Puerto Rico in June....
Now I have a new question. This boat (1983 Freedom 32) has the canon mount symmetrical spinnaker which I have never used. Several friend have suggested that rig is more trouble than it's worth and I should use an asymmetric cruising spinnaker and sell the cannon to a purist somewhere....
any suggestions from anyone who has experience with either or both rigs?
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The sailing school my wife and I are attending has a Freedom 21 with the gun mount spinnaker, and I think it's really cool. It's nice to be able to run the sail without having to go forward to switch the pole, and as far a maintenance, the gun mount is pretty simple. Of course, the sail itself is fairly small compared to some of the spinnakers I've seen, but we got up to hull speed no problem!
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My crewing experience was primarily on a Freedom 28 with the gun mount spinnaker. We were always shorthanded and I found it convenient to fly, the captain was really happy to have it for just that reason. Biggest problem we had with it was getting a twist or hourglass when launching. If it happens just remember to be hauling in when you release the halyard (otherwise you end up with a sea anchor).

From my experience I would keep it.
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Actually, properly used, the gun-mount spinnaker makes using a spinnaker much simpler when short-handed.
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