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Using a spinnaker as a gennaker
My boat has a conventional spinnaker, left by the po. The spinnaker has a line attached at one corner (not at the head), and when I asked him to show me how to use it (while at the slip) he essentially tied that corner to the bow in flying it.
Well I thought this was odd, since it is a symmetrical, and to my knowledge, conventional spinnaker. A short time ago, on a day with light winds, just for kicks I lauched it, with its corner attached at the bow and without any pole. I was essentially flying it like a reacher or gennaker, except it was only connected to the mast at the head, nothing was connected to the forestay.. I went onto a broad reach and, while the wind was blowing, actually made some progress.
I thought I must have been imagining the progress, or that I had been going downwind so that somehow explained why it worked. But today I read a short clip in a sailing magazine which made a reference to using a spinnaker as a cheaper alternative to buying a gennaker. So...
Has anyone else done this? Is this common practice? Is there any reason not to do this? I thought only asymetrical spinnakers could reach...