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It depends on the sailing you're doing - racing or not. I guess not.
Ideally you should have a snuffer that allows you to hoist the bag in a sausage form and then hoist the snuffer to expose the bag.
Step by step without snuffer:
- Clip the launching bag onto the boat on the side you intend to set the bag with the ends of the sail (tack clew and head) sticking out of the bag in their logical places. i.e. if the bag is on the starboard rail, the green corner will be aft, the head (white?) will be in the middle and the red in the front. This of course needs to be made so when the spinny is packed into its launching bag. Ordinarily the launching bag will be attached to the guard rail but given that yours is a multi, it should probably be attached to the trampoline if you have one.
- Take the port sheet, pass it outside everything and around the forestay and attach it to the tack (in this case the red corner). It is advisable to have the sheets running to a block on the toe-rail near the stern and back to a winch.
- Lower the pole to the bow, clip it to the sheet and set the height of the pole to where you think it will set. Also remember to set the inner end height if your gear requires it, some boats don't. If you are setting guys (used on bigger boats) as well as sheets then the port guy needs to go into the jaw of the pole. Avoid guys in light air.
- Run the halyard behind the headsail and attach it to the head.
- Run the starboard sheet outside everything to the clew (in this case the green corner). Once again the guy also attaches here if you use one. If you are not expecting to jibe the bag, forget this guy.
- Use the port guy/sheet to haul the pole back the where you think it will be set
- Hoist the bag behind the headsail and haul in the starboard sheet to open the sail and set it.
- Drop the headsail
- Whilst sailing your course, trim the starboard sheet until the leading edge of the bag just tends to curl inwards. This is the best draw the bag will give.
- To strike the bag let the pole go up to the headstay, trip the shackle to release the tack.
- Using the starbord sheet/guy either gather the bag onto the foredeck or into the cockpit as you desire whilst letting the halyard down slowly.
Actually thinking about it, the process above would be no different using a snuffer.
As an alternative to a snuffer, we used to have a large-diameter (400mm)plastic pipe about 600mm long which we had heated and flared at one end. The spinny was passed throught this "funnel" and the funnel had a hundred elastic bands stretched around it. At chosen intervals a band was slipped off the funnel onto the sail.
The sail was then hoisted behind the headsail in a sausage (as with a snuffer). When the sheets were pulled tighter after hoisting the elastic bands snapped and the sail deployed.
If the punch-up still happens, try and land the first one :-)
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Last edited by Omatako; 09-23-2009 at 03:14 AM.