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04-23-2011 04:29 PM
TQA
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichH View Post
Single handing with a big spinn is quite doable.

It 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 ripstop ... 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 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.
Without an autopilot as the OP suggests. ? If yes RESPECT!
04-23-2011 03:48 PM
RichH 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 02:13 AM
L124C
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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Wow, he must have a nut-sack big enough that it would be difficult to get a pair of pants on.
Actually...he's a very unpretentious, low key guy with a stunning boat. Quite the gentleman, which is why it got my attention (after she did!). Here's a picture. Ain't she purrrdy? I love my boat, but think I know royalty when I see it!
04-21-2011 02:12 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 12:43 PM
HUGOSALT 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 10:31 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 10:28 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 09:11 AM
TQA 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 08:12 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 08:07 AM
Flybyknight Any skipper that can single hand a symmetrical spinnaker on a 50 footer
gets my respect, big time.

Dick
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