I have this friend...he is a good guy..I need to help him, but I have no expereince with spi socks...please help me help him...
This guy, he bought a spinnaker sock, at a boat show..not important which... for his assy...because he wants to help his wife sail with it, and she gets upset with all the work it takes to douse it alone, plus the space it takes bellow decks. He collects spis..what a nut job..
His son is my son's age and wants to use the spi also. So at the boat show, my friend spoke with this really cool guy he had heard about called Gary Shaw..and decided to give it a go..besides, the guy sold it for $250, he can't sell the big ones...so what damage is there, right??
At the boat show, there was another guy with a strong european accent, selling one called ATN, but the sales man treated my friend like a moron, and proceeded to 'explain" my friend what a mast was..and what a spinnaker was..and how great a sailor /inventor he was..so my friend left him talking alone, and left..besides, the idea of a large fiberglass "bell" hanging 70 feet on top of the mast wasn't appealing. So he chose the other one..Chutescoop..he liked the fact that this one has no FG bell, and is entirely made od spinnaker nylon rip free cloth..the other one looked like a heavy nylon woven thing, and for his boat the cost was almost $800.00
Now, I know the sock is a bit short, at 48 feet Vs his 65 feet ISP, they don't make them any larger. . BUT that is good, as the lower section stays outside a little, not a problem..and my friend thinks it's better to be that way to prvent hourglasses, and to organise the lower sections better..I agree with him..
Now..he read and read, and basically looks like a straight forward thing..BUT, he wants to know if any of you guys has used one, and if you have photos.
His idea is to redirect the lines back to his cockpit. To do this he was thinking of rigging a snatch block in the front for the chute raising halyard, and another one for the down taking halyard..both locked by cam cleats at the cockpit.
Have you guys seen this??
Can you guys show or tell how you use yours??
Please? My friend appreciates