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Spinnaker Question

I have a 26 ft sailboat. I picked up a good condition spinnaker from a 30 foot boat on the cheap. Will it work?

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What is the luff length of the spinnaker? What is the length of your forestay?

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Re: Spinnaker Question

There is likely a big difference between rig heights, so this sail may well be too big (tall) for your boat.. which boats specifically? As Alex alluded to, rig dimensions are more important that boat length.

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Re: Spinnaker Question

comes do to how high the spinnaker hoist is on the two boats. fractional 26' to 30' masthead will not work. 26' mast head to 3/4 rig 30 footer it might. forestay length will not mean as much as height of the spinnaker hoist. Will most likely need an extended length pole as the sail will be a lot to wide for your boat.

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Re: Spinnaker Question

Ok, the spinnaker originally came off of a 1968 Cal 3-30 with a forstay length of 39' (sailboatdata.com) My boat has a forestay of 36 foot. Both are masthead sloops. So it looks like there is only a 3 foot difference.

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Correction, the Cal 2-30 is a fractional sloop. I was told the mast is 40 foot tall.

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Re: Spinnaker Question

The sail is for a 37x12.3 foretriangle, yours is 34x11.9.

Not a huge difference regarding the pole length (4-5 inches) so you'll probably get away with that.. but the 3 foot extra luff is going to mean carrying the pole rather low to absorb that height.

For the right price it's probably worth a try. Do you have a fixed mast ring for the pole or an adjustable ring on a track? How long/low is the track on the mast?

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Re: Spinnaker Question

The ring is on a tract that is about 5 foot in length if I remember. I know it has a bit of travel. I guess the only way to really know is to string it up. How far off the waterline is too low. I am assuming deck height.

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The Foot size is a little bit of an issue, but doable, the three foot too tall could be a real issue. I don't know your boat very well, but from the pictures it looks like the spin pole is carried a little below shoulder height, drop that another three foot and you need to have the pole at knee height. Even if you can get it to fly, trying to jibe a pole that low is very tricky, and you may have an issue that the pole needs to be so low that it can get inside the forestay.

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Re: Spinnaker Question

Ok, next question. Is it possible to shorten the sail?

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