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Re: Setting up a spinnaker
You have gotten a lot of good advice here, especially Faster's comments on not needing to buy guys, and Shnool's comments and green diagram.
I do have a couple additional comments as follows:
- Before you purchase any new gear, you might want to confirm whether you have a symmetrical or asymmetric chute. You may only have a cruising chute, or other assym., in which case the gear is different.
-My family had a Vanguard with a similar deck plan. You may have a cheek block aft, but on the Vanguard, the sheets were lead to a snatch block attached to pad eye located back by the stern rail. We used a snatch block on a car on the outboard genoa track for the twing block.
-You should get low stretch line for the sheets since you plan to short-hand race and use the same line as both the sheet and the guys. When approaching beam reaching, the guy will tend to stretch in a gust allowing the pole to hit the forestay. This requires constant trimming of the guy in gusty conditions which is not ideal when short-handed.
- You may want to use the padeye on the foredeck for your foreguy if you will want to rig for short-handing. That allows you to run the foreguy back to the cockpit since it gets adjusted pretty frequently with windspeed changes. (Some short-handers set the foreguy up double ended so that it can be adjusted from the mast or the cockpit.)
Having the foreguy mounted in the foredeck is a mixed blessing to a short handed racer. It means more adjustments, but it allows you to bring the pole forward to the forestay after the drop without leaving the cockpit until you have time to clean up for the next leg.
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