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Mylar Spinnaker?

Hi. I just picked up a mylar spinnaker for my bucaneer 250. Its made by Ward sails. I never really heard of these except for americas cup. What little info i can find recomends them for light air. It looks cool. See thru with vetical seems. Does anyone have any experience with these, like what conditions to use it and stuff? Thanks
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Re: Mylar Spinnaker?

In my experience they were a short lived fad for small higher performance boats. They permitted closer reaching angles in a wider wind range. They tended to be very fragile and need extremely careful handling, and a bit more skill to fly.

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Re: Mylar Spinnaker?

Ok, so higher performace, lower durability. Which would be better in light air? I light nylon spinnaker? Or this saran wrap spinnaker?
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Re: Mylar Spinnaker?

I had a mylar chute for my last boat, but it was a very flat cut heavy air reacher.

Whether yours is good for light air or not depends on the cut and the weight of cloth used. For light air nylon has a bit more give than mylar or poly, so it tends to recover it's shape quicker when going through chop or stinkpot wake. On the downside, old nylon holds water and therefore gets heavy if it is raining or you go shrimping with it.
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Re: Mylar Spinnaker?

The weak point of any spinnaker is when you make a mistake and have and Explosive refilling which is pretty much how it sounds

So the firmer the material the less it can stand mistakes
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Re: Mylar Spinnaker?

Pretty crunchy for a spinny, isn't it?
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Re: Mylar Spinnaker?

Yes, the material is stiffer than a standard chute. So, i think medium and heavy air reaching is when i will use it. It is light tho. Ill use the pretty color one for everything else.

Stinkpot....i gotta remember that. Thats funny. And shrimping, yum! Lol
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