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Spinnaker questions

From Jim H. on Sabrina. Please feel free to reply!

Hi…so I’m coming up on my first distance race…47 miles of the St Mary’s Governors Cup. Only flown the chute a couple of times and the previous owner didn’t use it so I didn’t get any pass down.

1. The downhaul for the bridle has two lines that run to both sides of the cockpit. Are both lines attached to the bridle? When reaching it seems like you really need a downhaul at the end of the pole to keep the leech tight…so maybe one of those lines can go to the pole end when reaching? Curious what the original intent was.2. Any experience with end to end vs pole dip jibing.

3. There were no twings provided…if anyone is using them how are they rigged?

Thanks

Jim


From Greg S. on Wailana

Hi Jim,
 
Sounds like a fun race!
1. On Wailana the two down-haul (foreguy) lines for the spinnaker run through pulleys in the middle of the foredeck and then attach to a block attached to the central point on the pole’s bridle. This is so you can adjust the downhaul from either side of the cockpit. See pics.
 
2. I tried dip pole jibing once on my boat and found that it was too cumbersome; too many lines and required too many crew who knew what they were doing. It was more complexity than I wanted to deal with. Of course I’m a chickens**t and don’t fly my chute in much over 16 kts. It might be a different story if I was the bowman trying to clip the sheet in 25 kts on a pitching foredeck!
 
3. I’ve got twings of 3/16″ line that just clip on with small carabineers and are run through small blocks on the rail near the widest point of the beam. They attach to small cam cleats on the cabin top.  I use them when it’s gets breezy to ‘slow my roll’ and help with gybing.
 
Do you have a reaching strut? It’s sometimes called a jockey pole and comes in handy when hard on the wind with the spinnaker. It holds the afterguy off the stanchion/lifelines.
 
I’ll post this to the website and see if anyone responds.
 
Good luck!
 
Greg S. – Wailana Hull #1

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Sail specs and loads

New year, new sails? Check out the original sail and load specs below.
Rumor has it that the Express 37 genoa tracks were built for dacron sails. When the new high-tech kevlar and carbon sails came out their lack of stretch developed higher shock loads causing problems. Older boats had to be beefed up to handle these forces.
Always a good idea to check your genoa track fittings as these are prone to leaks!

Thanks again to Mark H. on Epiphany for the pictures.

Express 34 - Sail specs and loads

Express 34 – Sail specs and loads