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" The efficiency of a symmetrical spinnaker is not worth much if you're finding it too much work to make it worthwhile to hoist and fly. "

SD - what about the feeling of satisfaction that comes from a good downwind leg sailing deep, accomplishing a couple of gybes without disaster? We find it very rewarding at the end of a good spinnaker run, even, and maybe especially, when cruising.

Where we sail the wind tends to follow geographical terrain, so we often end up either beating or running. A long day downwind reaching can be shortened up considerably sailing deeper. Here we "need" the symm sail.
I'm not saying that there isn't some serious satisfaction to be gained by flying a chute and doing a good job of it... but I'm often single handing, and many others on this site are probably doing the same...and flying a symmetrical spinnaker while single handing is really not all that worthwhile most of the time.

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It is a wonderful sailing and visual experience, but it is a royal pita when singlehanding. If I'm going to do it, its more for the "wow factor" of the passengers. (of course, that makes me a "non-sailor" according to the resident barrister)

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LOL... it does have a lot of WOW factor and can be visually stunning...but broaching under a spinnaker can also be a bit more excitement than the passengers want.

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I give the cuban enough to yell at me in spanish about, no need of seeking it out.

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From what I hear, the cuban can be visually stunning too... But also wields a mean frying pan.

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uh, yea,she is, and she does...

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LOL... she probably doesn't like spinnaker broaches much I bet...

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Noobie question, what is a broach?

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She's not fond of any of them

heres a great "what do I do with this thing" site.

http://members.aol.com/marlanc/spin2.html

Broach...
What it is:
When one loses the ability to turn the boat using the rudder and it rounds up so that it is broadside to the wind and heeled over, usually at an extreme angle, one has broached.

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Broaching is a sudden change in heading angle of a sailboat, caused by a number of wind/sail interactions. Broaching often leads to capsize, and so it is very undesirable.
When flying a spinnaker, if the boat doesn't stay under the center of the spinnaker, it can cause the boat to broach...which is lots of fun*....

*exciting, and possibly very dangerous unless you're paying attention

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