Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Re: Do I need a guy and a sheet on each side of spinnaker?
On our Martin 242 the kite was launched and retrieved from a companionway bag.. it works great because the kite never needs repacking, and the sheets and halyard stay attached all the time. We even left the guy in the pole jaws unless we had to do a windward set, or changed jibes between runs.
A large overlapping genoa would interfere with this strategy, but up to about 28-30 feet I think that idea could be made to work.
Fast, what you've described is exactly how most of the Adams 10's (33') do it over here.
Believe me, it still works even with a big genoa and a big masthead kite - you end up launching the spinnaker under the boom and around the leech of the genoa (basically out the side of the boat, aft
of the shrouds and quickly pull it around on the guy as it goes up) - but it's probably just not something a beginner would be comfortable trying.
In the 2-meter steep-sided breaking waves we often get over here surfing home on the downwind legs in a plastic flyer like an Adams, it's pretty much the only way to safely get the kite up.
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office