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post #61 of Old 07-17-2017
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Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Yep, I see the pictures now!

I like that mast raising system! I had pictured in my head that the winch was on the boat itself. Nice to have it on the trailer though. Much easier to get the mast up and set on the hard rather than rolling around in the water.

That sail you had sounds epic. What size is your genoa? I had an old 135 that eventually delaminated and blew up on me leaving me with just a 100 and a lightweight 160 drifter. The 135 was pretty awesome in most conditions. The 160 is great in the Puget Sound which has light winds during most of the prime cruising season.

Does your bow not have an eyelet to attach a trailer winch hook to? Now that you have that roller I highly recommend getting an asymmetrical spinnaker. They are easy to handle and make going downwind extra fun. You could tack it right down to the bow roller (I do this on my Lancer 36) but you might want a supporting line running down from the roller to the eyelet on the bow to prevent the roller from lifting off the deck.
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