I agree that asymms work best with a sprit, even a small one.Asymmetric spinnakers work best on boats that are rigged to fly them with a bowsprit. Look at any modern J/boat (like a J/70) for an example of how that works.
Asymmetric spinnakers that are made for cruising boats also work, but they work best over a fairly narrow wind angle and can't be flown as deeply as you can fly a symmetrical spinnaker. The advantage is that they have much simpler rigging since you don't need the pole.
True enough. Flying my cruising chute off our sprit I reef the main as I get deeper and may even drop the main completely. After all the chute is way bigger than the main. Downwind performance is about projected area. Mostly we pole the tack out.Assymmetrical "spinnakers" are really lightweight unstayed big (really big) jibs. Being tacked down on the boat's centerline, they get partially or completely blanketed by the main when you run, or even deep broad reach.
Helpful but not necessary. The darn thing is heavy and storage space required goes up. *sigh* In the end I think they are worth the pain but they are not a panacea.I also find a sock on the spinnaker to be very useful for cruising.
It is not crazy of you.Is it crazy of me to even think of using a spinnaker?
Don't do that until you don't need to ask the question. You're balancing on a razor blade. You'll get practice gybing a symmetric spinnaker either dip-pole or end-for-end. The minute or so you spend with no pole each time will build the skills you need to try this for longer periods.And how about using it without the pole?
HA... just fly the spinnaker in 5mph or less for a while until you get the rigging, raising, and dousing down and smooth. Hey a tiller pilot helps too.I'd be very hesitant to fly one on a small lake unless the crew really knew what they are doing.
Solo? Awesome!HA... just fly the spinnaker in 5mph or less for a while until you get the rigging, raising, and dousing down and smooth. Hey a tiller pilot helps too.
SHNOOL <--- sailing on a small lake with a masthead spinnaker, many times solo, but never in higher winds until I started to get better at it.