WTB Spinnaker

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WTB Spinnaker

Postby prochase » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:47 pm

Looking for a spinnaker for day sailing.

Thank you,

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Re: WTB Spinnaker

Postby GreenLake » Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:04 am

More so than main or jib, any comparably sized symmetric spinnaker should work; so you might look at used sails on offer even if they come from a different boat. The one I'm using came originally from an International 14 (but that class may have changed sail dimensions since). As far as I can tell it's the same size as a class legal sail for the DS, which is defined as:
The size of the spinnaker shall not exceed any of the following dimensions: Head to clews: 15 feet 3 inches,
Head to mid-foot: 16 feet 0 inches,
Mid-foot to clews: 6 feet 0 inches.
To measure head to mid-foot and mid-foot to clews, fold the sail vertically by bringing the clews together. All measurements shall be made in a straight line, with wrinkles removed and no tension on the cloth past removing wrinkles.

If you are not intending to race, you can probably get away with flying something up to a few(!) inches larger in each dimension; you may have to move up the spinnaker sheave and add a bit of length to the pole (normally, the max is 74") in that case. However, as long as you don't overdo that, it may be fine for cruising/daysailing.
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