Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

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Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

Post by Citrine Sunset » Feb 6th, '18, 16:45

Does anyone use a Gennaker with or without a bow sprit on their Sunmaid 20? I'll be solo sailing mostley and cant see myself trying to fly a spinnaker solo.

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Re: Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

Post by Tezza » Feb 6th, '18, 19:56

Good question . I am in the same dilemma. When I bought the boat last year the owner advised it does not have a spinnaker pole as he never flew ithe spinnaker or the gennaker. The gennaker turned out to be a Genoa which aside from some rust marks and frozen telltails sets almost as new ( leech line cleat and line disintergrated)
Anyway I am in two minds whether to get a pole or asymmetrical spinnaker (gennaker)

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Re: Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

Post by bachus » Feb 6th, '18, 22:07

I was tempted to buy one for use on the Castle. Never spent the dollars as I could not get a straight answer on the actual sail area. Ie class rules etc.
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Re: Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

Post by Bligh » Feb 8th, '18, 10:55

Is that the same as a MPS or 'Mistress'?
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Re: Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

Post by Peridot » Feb 8th, '18, 14:52

I don't have a mistress, but I do have an MPS. made by Hoods and came with the boat. I would say it was an original from NZ about 35 years ago. In those days it meant Multi Purpose Sail. More commonly known now as an "assy", depending on how you say it, and how much trouble you have with it. It was intended for cruising, racers had reachers, etc.

Until about 1960, spinnakers were single luff, on a pole, generally superceded by double-luff because they were easier to gybe. Will try and copy an old photo.

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Post by Bligh » Feb 8th, '18, 15:25

I thought MPS was Multi Purpose Spinnaker, at least that was what we were told when we had one made in the mid 80"s.
They were commonly known as a mistress which was a great conversation stopper or starter, a bit like SWMBO who I tell everyone is a sex industry worker.
(she is a chicken sexer but it gets the desired response).
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Re: Does anyone use a Gennaker ?

Post by Peridot » Feb 8th, '18, 15:40

Yes, you are right. I found a photo, taken in 1979, Marsden Bay, outside Whangarei Hbr. The photographer was Mike Hunter, using a long telephoto from a moving fizz-boat. The yacht is Panic, a Young 5.7, approriately named. Not a good day for the big spinnaker, this one was trouble enough.

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