All, thanks for the info. New Question? In my readings, hear and elsewhere, several people have talked about the importance of mast rotation control, especially when using a Spi or hooter. I have very little experence with mast rotators since 99% of my cat experence is on a H16 and 17sport (i.e., no mast rotating systems on these boats). How important is positive mast rotation control? and does it need be incorporated with a Spi/hooter system or is it not really necessary? Thanks
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#40378 - 11/29/0401:12 PMRe: Adding a Spinnaker? Hooter? to a Hobie 17Sport
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There is a mast rotation system on both those boats, however its more "passive" than other designs. It wouldn't be difficult at all to whip up a positive mast rotation system for the H17. The arm is already there.
#40379 - 11/29/0401:47 PMRe: Adding a Spinnaker? Hooter? to a Hobie 17Sport
When using a headsail like a Hooter or Spin, you are just fine with normal mast rotation. That is because your main is sailing almost close hauled or on a close reach, so your settings for upwind will be pretty close off the wind.
The reason for major mast rotation is when you have only a main or just a main and jib.
In other words, with the H17 and 17, don't sweat it. Rick
I was gonna wait till i had the chance to sail with a couple times before i posted this, but i can't contain myself. I added a hooter to my prindle 19 over the weekend. All i had the chance to do was dry sail it for a little bit on the beach, but everything is looking good, and i think the boat will be very fast with this new addition. I had been experimenting with spinnakers, but i think i will be happier with this furling hooter. I'll put up pictures as soon as I get a chance to sail it, might be a couple weeks sadly.