Using a Spinnaker Snuffer - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 09-20-2002 Thread Starter
Contributing Author
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 18
Using a Spinnaker Snuffer

I recently acquired an asymmetrical spinnaker with a sock or snuffer. On my first boat I had a radial-head spinnaker and used a pole for control. The sock method appears to be preferable. Are there any tips you can offer for using the sock before I get started and try it for the first time?

Dan Dickison responds:
Thanks for your question. If your boat is about 30 feet LOA or larger, you're right about the sock being the preferable method for controlling an asymmetrical spinnaker, particularly if you're sailing shorthanded. And you're also right to want a little direction before trying this on your own. I don't say that because using a spinnaker sock is difficult, it's just that following the proper technique can make a night-and-day difference in getting the kite up and down.

Brian Hancock, a veteran offshore sailor who served as a consultant for SailNet's AirForce Sails, wrote a pretty good explanation of this technique in his article titled Using the Asymmetrical Spinnaker. Also, Eric Waters of AirForce Sails wrote a shorter piece about using cruising spinnakers titled Flying Cruising Spinnakers.

Have a look at each of these articles and I think you'll come away with some valuable tips on effectively using your spinnaker sock. Remember, if you can find a day when the weather is benign, this is the best time to go out sailing and get more comfortable with a maneuver that you might otherwise find a little daunting. Best of luck.

Dan Dickison is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome