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Re: What to do with my old spinnaker?

You can always call Minnie's Yacht Surplus in Costa Mesa, CA if you decide to get rid of it. Not sure what they'll pay for it, but I'm 80%certain they'd buy it.

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Re: What to do with my old spinnaker?

Thanks all who contributed. As usual, I have learned a lot!

I love the idea of using the perrel bead collar and flying it like an A-sail but I would want to use a sock so that we could effectively douse the beast when needed. I am also concearned that the sail is likely a big-shouldered deep runner and it just might not like being flown like an A-sail, perrel bead collar or not.

Currently I don't have a spinnaker halyard so adding that, plus a sock, plus sheets, plus extras will add up to something for a project that "may" not work. I think what I'll do is improvise a tack line and bead collar and try the sail out a couple times from the jib halyard (I'll watch for chafe) before spending the time and money on making/buying all the rigging needed to make this work.

Since the sail is "big and scary" and I won't have a sock to snuff it with, these initial trials will be on days when the boys are out sailing the boat and the girls are somewhere else. That way if we end up with a line SNAFU and a knockdown it will be just a BFS to brag about and a learning experience rather than become LINE 1 of my new alimony agreement.

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Currently I don't have a spinnaker halyard so adding that, plus a sock, plus sheets, plus extras will add up to something for a project that "may" not work.
I was in the exact same place. What I did to test the concept was to drop the mainsail and use the "wrong" end of the main halyard (the end you normally pull) to fly the spinnaker.

All I had to do was stick a block off my masthead bail and I could test this out before investing in a spin halyard.


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Re: What to do with my old spinnaker?

Dropping it on your boat should be very easy - that big sliding hatch in the middle of the cabin top on Formosa 41's is perfect for it - blow the tack and then one person eases the halyard while the other sits by the hatch and gathers it in behind the main and stuffs it down the hatch.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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