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Re: Question of spinnaker bail strength
Another way to think about it is "how much sideways force could I apply before the masthead was near the water?" On a 20-foot boat, not a lot. Perhaps 500 pounds. I used 1/4-inch line and a bullet block on a 27-foot catamaran for years.
Code zeros are a whole different matter. A the tight luff drives the forces way up. The reacher set-up on the above boat was separate and MUCH stronger.
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