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Re: SJ 23 - Spinnaker Rigging




This is a great guide to flying a spinnaker, Bob.

I would add in respect of rigging a spinnaker:

1.  Run your pole lift and downhaul to the cockpit for ease of adjustment.

2.  If you have the option, install a slide on the front of the mast for the pole rather than one or two pad eyes for range of adjustment.

3.  Watch that the placement of your spinnaker halyard doesn't interfere with your foresail (mine does with my new 135 genoa)

4.  Your sheets should run as far back to the stern as possible.  Mine run (outside the lifelines of course) to blocks mounted to the toe rails holes with shackles just ahead of the aft stanchions (I have no stern rail).  They then run inside the lifelines to a second set of "ratcheting" blocks at or just ahead of the next set of stanchions forward from the stern.  This positioning allow maximum opening of the chute and control much like driving a team of horses (or so I'm led to believe) while looking forward watching the trim on the chute.  The ratcheting blocks make it easier to hold the sheet in heavier wind as a little tension holds it in place, you can sheet in under tension as the ratachet turns and releasing all tension allows you to ease the sheet as it slides through the block.

5.  If you find the chute difficult to trim in high wind, you can choke by installing twings (sometimes called tweakers or barber hauls) which are lines running from amidships out to the sheet, with the sheet running through a block attached to the end of the twing line.  When it gets windy, haul in on the twing and the sheet is choked.

Practise your spinnaker technique in light wind to start with.

Bob has great tips on rigging various sized foresails as well as mainsail design, outhaul, vang and cunningham.

Good luck!

Doug Murray
Sail #41

----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Schimmel <bpschim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2006 1:54 pm
Subject: Re: SJ 23 - Spinnaker Rigging

> Dale:
> 
> Click on this link, 
> http://members.aol.com/marlanc/spin2.html#Intro%20to%20the%20Spinnaker  
> It should explain it all for you. 
> 
> Regards
> 
> Bob Schimmel
> (Always stay curious)
> 
> bpschim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Dale Hildebrand wrote:
> >
> > Does anyone have a rigging manual for the SJ 23, esp. the 
> spinnaker?  
> > New owner and would like some help.  Thanks.
> >
> >  
> >
> > *W. Dale Hildebrand, P.Eng., M.B.A.*
> >
> > Desiderata Energy Consulting Inc.
> > 2125 - 18 St. SW
> > Calgary AB Canada T2T 4T3
> > T:  **403-869-6200**
> >
> > F:  403-668-0883
> >
> > dale.hildebrand@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> > <')" >dale.hildebrand@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> >  
> >
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