No, I'm not thinking of punching a hobo.
I am, however, trying to figure out a light-air sail arrangement for my boat for those frequent low-wind days here on the Chesapeake.
I am trying to decide between an asymmetric spinnaker and a drifter. Here is the situation:
1. Limited budget
2. my genoa is on a roller furler
3. No 2nd forestay
4. No bowsprit
6. I'm Still fairly new to sailing
From what I understand a drifter might be a better all-purpose light-air sail. Is that accuate?
However, I'm not sure how I would launch or recover a drifter myself (especially if the wind picks up). Due to the above, it seems an asymmetric spinnaker with an ATN sock would be the easiest to install and handle.
Would an ATN sock work over a drifter? At Bacon sails there's a drifter that I believe I can set flying (it has a covered wire luff) that would run approximately half the cost of a new asymmetric for my 28' boat. If I could sock the drifter, it is my thought that I could rig and launch the drifter just like an asymetric spinnaker, but I'd get the benefit of a more versatile sail at a lower cost. However, things don't usually work out that well for me..
I would sincerely appreciate any input or guidance on these thoughts!!