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pole or bow sprit for an Asymmetric

hello all

i am looking to get an asmmetric spinnaker for my 22 ft e-boat for racing and want to know weather it would be better to fasion a bow-sprit or fly it off a conventional spinnaker pole.
the boat will not plane up to about 20kts and i already have a masthead symmetrical spinnaker for deep running.
my current pole is J length so would i need a longer one?
i also have a mast slide for the pole so i can bring it down to pullpit level.
lastly i understand that asmmetrics are better for deep running than symmetrics but is it worth getting one for this or a flatter one for reaching/ heavy running.

any help would be much appreciated

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What's an e-boat?

Beside that, two things. If you have a class, any modifications will need to comply with association rules. If you're doing the handicapped thing (PHRF, etc... ) then it's all about gain in performance vs. ratings hit. You'll have some math to do. It's not a bad idea to talk to your sailmaker and local PHRF (or the like) raters so you have some idea of what's going on.

A third thing. Assymetrics are NOT better for running at deep angles. That's symmetrical land. If you have the option for both sym and assym kites like the Farr 30, you won't need a symmetrical reacher. Also, a dedicated symmetrical reaching kite is cut very different from a heavy air 'chicken' symmetrical chute. Again, a talk with a sailmaker will sort much of this out for you.
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A bit old fashioned name BUT we have a star-cut spinnaker /reacher in the inventory that points pretty high on the standard pole
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hello all

i am looking to get an asmmetric spinnaker for my 22 ft e-boat for racing and want to know weather it would be better to fasion a bow-sprit or fly it off a conventional spinnaker pole.
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You want a sprit set on the bow.The power of an asym comes from the large sail area, so you want a 6-6' sprit on the bow, that automatically means the asym's sail area is likely to be 50%-100% more than your symmetric spinnaker.
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