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I need help. i have never owned a spinnaker sail before and not sure on pricing. I have a 1980 Catalina 30. I'm looking at buying a spinnaker for next season. I just contacted my guy who I have bought a couple mail and front sails from him the past about buying a spinnaker. This is a email I got back from him.

Is this a good deal, and should I make a coutner offer?

Brad, glad to hear you enjoyed the new sail. I just so happen to have a customer selling his slightly used J-32 Gennaker that would fit. This is a G-2 for all purpose running, and broad reaching. No pole required as it is an asymmetrical cruising spinnaker. $1100.00 includes snuffer and is red, yellow and blue .75oz. Nylon.
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Hi,

If it's in good condition, that sounds like a decent price, given that it includes the "snuffer" (which can cost several hundred dollars alone).

Make sure it fits your boat. The J-32 would have a much taller mast than your boat, but it is fractionally rigged. I don't know whether the spinnaker is fractional, however -- it may hoist to the top of the mast, which would make it oversized for your boat, I'd imagine. Your sailmaker can check all that out for you -- he'll know better than me.
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The gear thats on your boat is a big part of the cost as you will need a plan to control the spin during the time your changing between it and the headsail as well as a spin haylard to hoist it
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My boat is already set up for a Spin. I will have to do nothing on the boat, just need a sail.
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That is a good price, as a new one would be $2000-2500 or there abouts. Possibly as low as the upper teens, but with a snuffer, more low $2000. Assuming it is in reasonable shape etc, and you use it mostly or cruising, its probably a good deal. I also have a G2 for my boat, its a nice sail. I can sail on light wind days, ie up to 8 knots or so at 60* true wind, so you can point a bit higher than 90. Above 8 or so it will over power the boat unless you have some rail meat! My boat is a slightly smaller than yours by a foot or so, and about 2000 lbs.

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What do you mean by rail meat?
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FX sails shows $1679 for a new asymmetrical Spinnaker for a Cat 30.
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What do you mean by rail meat?
Crew (preferably heavy) sitting on the weather rail!!
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The measurements for the A-kite should be luff = your “I” dimension and the max girth between 180 and 160 percent of your “J” dimension. Kites not fitting your boat’s dimensions tend to be a PITA to fly. I recommend a girth closer to 180% for your boat as A-kites do not provide anywhere near the power that symmetric spinnakers do on our cruising boat hull forms.
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