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|04-23-2011 03:29 PM|
Originally Posted by RichH View Post
|04-23-2011 02:48 PM|
Single handing with a big spinn is quite doable.
Its the raising/deploying part that can lead to problems ... and once youve mastered the raising, etc. its actually quite easy. I say that with tongue in cheek as you need a LOT of spinn. experience to do this; but, if you raise the kite very often and at most opportunities it gets easier and easier.
If you have a LARGE spinnaker crane that keeps the top swivel AWAY from 'eating' the spinn cloth, you can simply deploy/douse the spinn in the shadow of the genoa (with sheets 'mostly' tight' or pre-marked sheets, etc.) and furl the genoa in/out as needed.
Note: if your top swivel is in 'close' proximity to the spinn cloth, choose another method as you dont want to as a single hander need to go up the mast all by yourself with a knife in your teeth to slash away a spinnaker that has been 'eaten' by a furlers top swivel.
If you have 'clean' rigging - no hooks, sharp edges, 'catches' with which to snag/tear the rip-stop nylon spinn fabric ... if you need to douse the spinn in moderate or less conditions, simply go through the eye of the wind and heave-to which will 'stick' the spinn to the windward side of the genoa/main. While hove-to or forereaching, then you go forward release the halyard and PULL (peel) the spinn down from the windward side of the main/genoa.
Obviously, your not going to singlehandedly fly a spinn in 'heavy' or 'boisterous' conditions.
|04-22-2011 01:13 AM|
Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
|04-21-2011 01:12 PM|
|Barquito||Wow, he must have a nut-sack big enough that it would be difficult to get a pair of pants on.|
|04-19-2011 11:43 AM|
Capt. Slocum claims to have hardly adjusted the helm
while crossing the Pacific.
That would have left him plenty of time to unwrap and mend a spinnaker if they were around then!!
|04-19-2011 09:31 AM|
|WanderingStar||I don't use a spinnaker. But my old wooden boat with a full keel and ketch rig will keep her course for at least an hour with the helm lashed while I do other things.|
|04-19-2011 09:28 AM|
|paulk||If you're going downwind in a steady light breeze in good weather for a long way, and know your boat and its equipment well, why not?|
|04-19-2011 08:11 AM|
I fly a kite single handed but only in benign conditions and I have a good tweakable autopilot and a snuffer. Current boat is 44 feet.
I could not imagine how I could do it without the autopilot. Certainly not without risking some horrific wraps.
|04-19-2011 07:12 AM|
|Minnewaska||I think I would have to see that to believe it, especially with decent wind or waves, but I've seen unbelievable stuff before.|
|04-19-2011 07:07 AM|
Any skipper that can single hand a symmetrical spinnaker on a 50 footer
gets my respect, big time.
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