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That first shot is going to be very expensive for me.. Time to get an asymmetrical....
 

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Djodenda,
Every boat that cruises IMO needs an asymetric.
They are intimadating at first but when you get use to it They don't seem that big any more.
I highly recomend The ATN spinnaker sock it makes handling the chute so easy that you will actually use it. you always fear the storms but lets face it Calmes usally last longer especialy where you are.
And you have a better light air boat than me, we race against a catalina 30 on fun night. Cool boat.
We sailed under the chute from Key West to tampa thats a long time If we didn't have it we would have motored a lot more.
 

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The heck with words Matt ..... MORE PICTURES ;)
 

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Djodenda,
Every boat that cruises IMO needs an asymetric.
We sailed under the chute from Key West to tampa thats a long time If we didn't have it we would have motored a lot more.
What I've noticed while cruising in the Puget Sound is that the wind is either blowing too strong on your nose, or too little downwind...

On the really light days, I can move upwind pretty well, but just slat around getting back home...

I figure the asymmetrical will allow me to work my way upwind and reach back with the chute... I don't have enough crew, or funding for a symmetrical chute, and figure the asymmetrical will work.

I had planned to buy one this winter, but wound up spending the cash on a new genoa and dodger...

Looks like you had a great trip. I look forward to my first Caribbean cruise someday....
 

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Matt, so how is that pep boys generator doing ? (g)
 

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You go out again next winter Matt, and I'm tagging right along!
 

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If you can find a used symmetrical spinnaker you can tack it to your forestay, over the rolled headsail, with an ATN tacker or a North tack strap. You could even do something with a short rope to the bow roller. The size and set isn't as critical as with a white sail and you can save a lot of money by not getting a new sail custom made for your boat.
 

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jwms,
I thought about the tacker but can't see running one on my head sail for extended periods. It seems to me they would chafe up the jib. and point load the forestay. Maybe I'm wrong I have never used one.
Do you have one?
 

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Thanks Alex,
I put it in my favorites I love Monty Python. The Holy Grail is my favorite.:D :D :D :D
 

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Matt, that was wonderful! Thanks to you and the Mrs. The blue of the water is absolutely astounding in the reefed photo. I have been up here in 50 degree green water for a year now and am itching to go south. Thanks!!!!
 
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