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Re: Setting up a spinnaker sock
The hoist/douse lines in a typical sock are pretty well self contained with the sheave sewn into the top of the sock. I don't think it will complicate your existing setup on the mast.
Typically you'd connect the sheets and halyard, hoist the sail in the sock, then hoist the sock hoop with it's 'internal' halyard. Reverse the process to douse and then lower the 'tube' that is the sail and sock.
Personally I'm not sure it's worth the extra gear and rigging until you get into the mid 30 foot range, although singlehanding it should make things easier to handle when it all works.. of course if the sock jams up then you've got other issues.. but unlike a jammed furler you can still take the whole works down as-is if necessary.
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