How's this for clueless- I haven't taken it out of the bag and I didn't get any info from the PO.
I have a pole, I assume that's what I'll use.
Right on! And don't listen to Sailing Dog - you have two clews.
If you are determined to set it, do the following:
1. As has been mentioned, get plenty of sea room - your goal should be to get it up, practice trimming, and get it down without breaking anything (which you can do).
2. Do not run DDW, you have to be careful about not gybing and that will be hard if your focusing on the chute and running DDW. Plus, DDW is slow - sail a broad reach.
3. Get everything set before you pull anything out the bag:
A. Get the headsail down or furled - you're not racing, you're learning, so make it easy.
B. Clip the bag to the lifelines. If it has two clips, use them both on either side of a stanchion.
C. Make sure your spin sheets are run properly. Unless you KNOW otherwise, run the sheets outside of everything
, to turning blocks at the back of the cockpit, and forward to either primary or secondary winches. This step is important - if the lines aren't run right, you'll get in trouble quick.
D. Clip on the sheets and the halyard. If there color coded, clip the port sheet on the red clew, the stbd sheet on the green clew and the halyard on the head (red and green tapes run together). If they are not color coded get a big sharpie and write (big) HEAD, PORT CLEW, STBD CLEW. Yes, it's OK to write on sails.
E. Get the pole ready. The pole goes on the side of the boat opposite the boom.
Take the guy (which is the spin sheet that controls the poles position fore and aft) and put it in the outboard end of the pole. Then pull on the bridle of the pole (the wires with rings in the middle). The pole is up when the jaws are up. So, if you lift one of the bridles and hold the pole, the jaws should be facing upwards - clip your topping lift onto this. Clip your downhaul (I recommend you use one) onto the other bridle. With the guy in the outboard jaw and the topping lift on the bridle, attach the pole to the ring on the mast.
4. You should have everything all set now. Pull on the guy and bring that clew to the pole. Bring the pole back from the forestay a bit.
5. Raise the halyard as fast as possible and cleat it off. At this moment, moving quickly is a good thing.
6. Still moving quickly, bring the pole back more. It should be on roughly the same plane as the boom.
7. Still moving quickly, sheet in the sail (not too aggressively) until it fills. As you trim the chute, ease the sheet until the luff curls and then trim. It should be almost constant motion: curl, trim, ease, curl, trim, etc.
8. Sail away and have fun learning the new chute.
9. Dousing the chute. This can be fun and exciting. The goal is to get the chute down below quickly. Have a crew member at the companionway ready to stuff the sail down below. Have a crew member on the coachroof on the leeward side ready to hand sail to the crew in the companionway. To douse, have the crew member on the coachroof grab hold of the sheet. Blow the guy completely - the pole will go to the headstay, just leave it for now. Ease the halyard down - do not blow the halyard completely unless you like shrimp (see below). Ease the halyard at a steady pace until the chute is collapsed and about a third of it is on deck - then blow the halyard and help get the chute below.
DO NOT HAVE KNOTS TIED ONTO THE END OF THE SPINNAKER SHEETS OR THE SPINNAKER HALYARD. IF YOU LOSE CONTROL, BLOW EVERYTHING.
However, you probably won't have to do that. Here are some common issues and their resolutions:
1. Hour glass: This occurs when you hoist the cute and the clews get twisted. Pull on the luff of the sail and it will unwrap (probably).
2. Wrapped around headstay. Pull on clew, pull on sheets, curse, pray, drink heavily. It'll come off eventually (probably).
3. Broaching. You need to collapse the chute, so ease pole and sheet in. Get the chute behind the main and let it collapse.
4. Shrimping. This means you didn't douse right and the sail is in the water and, if you really do it wrong, wrapped around the keel. Solution: I like a good lemon caper butter sauce with my shrimp. ---- just get the sail back on the boat as best you can.