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Re: ATN Tacker experiences???
I have used ATN Tackers on several boats. They are somewhat misnamed - they should be called gybers.
I have used them from a close reach to a dead run. They provide some control over the tack of a gennaker. They allow for a tighter close reach and provide for more stability on a run. (I actually prefer to broad reach and gybe.) On a close reach harden uo the luff by bringing the tack down. On a broad reach ease the tacker and fly the gennaker just as you would a spinnaker by watching the shoulder.
I have use the fabric versions, but I find that they do not slide along the furled genoa as well.
When I started flying gennakers we had hank-on foresails sails. We used a hank on the tack to slide slide on the forestay.
Close reach (fabric tacker)
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Last edited by jackdale; 04-19-2014 at 12:40 AM.