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Aaron Norlund

David,

I didn't update my first post. I sold the little asymm and bought a used fully symmetric 1050 sq/ft sail from another W32 owner. This was recut by a local loft to be a 950 sq/ft asymmetric spinnaker, with a 43' luff.

In addition, I use my sail with a sock, and the head linkage adds about a foot, so it essentially has a 44' luff. As I said, I can just barely get its luff tight, and I would like another 6"-12" to enable a tighter luff. This would let the sail carry a touch above beam reach, whereas now I don't feel I can creep anywhere above ~95 degrees apparent.

In the photo of Rich's boat, it looks like he's on a broad reach, and the luff is fairly slack, so that probably explains why the tack is so high. I imagine he can just get the luff tight, and perhaps not even so. He'll probably chime in on that. But, it seems very common for people to carry asymmetric spinnakers with too long of luffs, making them nearly strictly broad reach or greater sails, when a good asymm has the potential to be used going to windward if you can get the luff tight enough.

I prefer asymmetric sails to carry their area using foot/leech, rather than making the luff longer, but there are tons of people who've sailed more than me who have sails with longer luffs than actually fit, so who knows. Just my preference.

Cheers!
Aaron N.

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