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| Retrieving spinnaker into snuffer - where's 2d kno #24476 |
09/22/03 08:16 PM 09/22/03 08:16 PM
Joined: Jun 2001 |
Florida Jon Hamlet OP
Joined: Jun 2001
Spent this past weekend sailing in pretty good winds, but discovered a new problem that I never had before. I have completely redone the Taipan's front rigging, and the snuffer lines. Before, I never seemed to have any problem "snuffing" the spinnaker, even in good winds (15-20), except for occasionaly "running" over the sheets in big swells. This weekend I had trouble putting it away every time in fairly flat seas. I put the second knot about 20" down from the primary tie point in the spinnaker. I always did this to avoid the spinnaker becoming bunched as it approached the snuffer mouth. This weekend, the bottom seemed to blow out each time and I was left with spinnaker half in and half out of the chute bag. I tried moving the knot up to about 12" and back to about 36", but the 18-20" range seemed about right. I turned dead downwind as I retrieved, but struggled every time.
I can see how the mid mount snuffer (skunk) could alleviate this problem, but I'm trying to stay with the original one I put together.
Any suggestions? Anyone else have this problem? Maybe I was flying it in too much wind? It was gusty, but the seas were only 2-3 feet.
But, hey! What a ride!
casey Key Island, Florida
| Re: Retrieving spinnaker into snuffer - where's 2d kno
[Re: Jon Hamlet]
09/22/03 09:36 PM 09/22/03 09:36 PM
Joined: May 2002 |
Central California ejpoulsen
Joined: May 2002
If I understood Goodall correctly, he told me that they encountered snuffer problems similar to what you're describing until they added a third hole/patch right at the bottom (centered) of the spinnaker. This guides the initial "wad" in. I don't know if this would be relevant with your system, though, since it is an end-pole snuffer.
A photo can be seen at this web site: http://www.taipan.asn.au/
Look under Photos at the Kurnell F16 section--the photo with two blue spinnakers clearly shows the 3 patches.
I'm curious to hear from others about knotting the retrieval line--do most people do this, and if so, at what point above the hole/patches?
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