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Is it a Drifter or Spinnaker?

Again, I start a thread with no pictures. Please don't throw eggs at me!
Pulled one of the extra sails out the other day. This is a big, flat, light sail. Plain jane, no tri-radial stuff.
Luff= 33 feet
Leech= 33 feet
Foot= 23 feet
There is a bolt rope woven into the luff, no hanks anywhere.
I have a roller furler, but I know this won't work on it.
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Re: Is it a Drifter or Spinnaker?

Nylon? like spinnaker cloth?

If so likely an old 'drifter', essentially a nylon genoa meant to fly free like a spinnaker but act more like a genny.
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Thanks. That is what I kind of thought. I do not have a spinnaker halyard, so I am guessing I can fly it off the furler, and add a stay and block on deck for a downhaul?
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Thanks. That is what I kind of thought. I do not have a spinnaker halyard, so I am guessing I can fly it off the furler, and add a stay and block on deck for a downhaul?
If you're going to fly it I'd probably take the halyard off the furler swivel, hoist it direct on the halyard and find a convenient place on deck for the tack. It's probably too long in the luff for the furler itself.
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Re: Is it a Drifter or Spinnaker?

I recall they used to call these "drifter-reachers", too much "belly" fullness and luff-sag for close-hauled and real pointing, but decent for close reach, beam reach, broad reach.

When the wind gets above 5 knots, time for your 'real' jib.
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