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Re: spinnaker size

The used sail sites say that if you don't plan on racing, a chute within 10% up or down of the "correct" specs for your boat will work.

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Re: spinnaker size

Just to be sure you are familiar, there is a lot more to an AS than luff length. Where the draft is located, how deep it is, the cut of the foot, etc, etc. There are countless versions of AS sails, multiplied by the various different cloth weights.

Be sure you are very clear with your sail maker on the intended purpose for the sail and be sure they are very familiar with your boat. Is it all about downwind in light air, as your OP suggests? If so, the ideal sail for that condition would not allow for coming up on the wind much and could tear if the wind kicked up over 15 knots. If you want something more versatile, you will give up some downwind and/or very light air performance. Everything is a trade off.


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Re: spinnaker size

Well, I'm looking for a lighter air sail that would be somewhat flexible in its use and will carry the boat downwind and broad reach. if it allows me to do reaching in very light air, even better.

I do not need the ultimate performance downwind but my boat is a little heavy and the wind can get very light in the oakland estuary, it's too tempting to use the motor. In general, the wind in the sf bay tends to die as the winter sets in.

I want to movei n light air but I also want a sail that will keep together until say 10-15 knots and if I can keep my jib lowered but still hanked on in preparation for the passing of the SF slot that's even better.

I'll see if I can leave a little early and take measurement of my foredeck to be sure.
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