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Re: Spinnaker without a pole
I am interested in aloof's idea of flying it pole-free with just two sheets. It seems like it would just collapse, but if it works it'd be kinda cool and it seems like it'd be hard to get into too much trouble that way.
I've looked on Craigslist occasionally, but I haven't found anything. I don't have any compelling reason to fly my spinnaker, other than that I have it and it would look cool, so I don't want to spend a ton of money on this. I need a new main before I need a spinnaker pole.
I am tempted to try it with my whisker pole, despite all the wise advice against it… I think I could rig a couple bridles on it for attachment points, and as long as the wind was really low… And doesn't suddenly change from 5 to 15 knots, and doesn't suddenly clock 120º…
What got me thinking on this was a couple Sundays ago there was only the barest hint of a breeze. Just to keep movement on when on a very broad reach I ended up poling out my 170 nylon drifter opposite the main to windward. Someone took a picture of me and uploaded it to the lake page with the caption "Tag You're It rocking a spinnaker" even though I wasn't. But afterwards I was thinking that maybe I should have been.
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