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Re: Spinnaker Question

It depends on the construction of the sail. Tri cut sails are much more difficult than crosscut, but either can be done.

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It depends on the construction of the sail. Tri cut sails are much more difficult than crosscut, but either can be done.
A triradial spinn could be shortened in the mid panels.., or the top and bottom of the radials.. - I'd think removing one of the central panels would do in this case, at least get you a lot closer to a decent fit.

And certainly a sailmaker can do that for you.

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Here is a pic of the sail.




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Re: Spinnaker Question

Bill, I would think chopping off one panel might be enough, but I wouldn't do anything until you compare luff lengths of your existing spinnaker with the new one. Then I'd take it to a sailmaker and have them do the work. Sewing on the new foot tape would probably not cost much more than $100, if that.
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FYI, some Cal 2-30s were mashead rigged. Mine is, and the forestay is 39' 8.5".

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Re: Spinnaker Question

There is an easy way to discover the answer to your question: try flying it.

You can fly a much larger spinnaker, either symmetrical or asymmetrical than the racing rules allow. Let your experience determine the size you can fly, not arbitrary racing rules. If you examine older photos of boats flying spinnakers, you will see spinnaker poles much longer than the "J" measurement, luffs much longer than "I" + 10%, and a foot longer than 1.5/1.8 x J. Go for it (as long as you are not racing in violation of the rules or assigned rating without a penalty)!
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I like your answer best. Looks like this coming weekend we may get out, If the winds are light (as they usually are in the morning) I will haul her up and take some pics while i'm at it. Thanks for all the good information everyone!


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There is an easy way to discover the answer to your question: try flying it.

You can fly a much larger spinnaker, either symmetrical or asymmetrical than the racing rules allow. Let your experience determine the size you can fly, not arbitrary racing rules. If you examine older photos of boats flying spinnakers, you will see spinnaker poles much longer than the "J" measurement, luffs much longer than "I" + 10%, and a foot longer than 1.5/1.8 x J. Go for it (as long as you are not racing in violation of the rules or assigned rating without a penalty)!

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Re: Spinnaker Question

James' points are well taken... and why I asked how long/low your spinnaker pole car track was.. You can fly an overheight symmetrical by carrying the pole lower.. but it will make gybing a bit more problematic, and you may be limited, of course, by the height of your lifelines as well.

If not racing, then any 'penalties' are not an issue, it's simply a matter of whether or not you can keep things flying.

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