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Old 07-31-2007, 02:02 AM   #15
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I still think it is a ghoster. If it is spinnaker material, then if you have enough wind to need to "reef" in the traditional sense, you are probably going to destroy the sail if you continue to fly it. My guess would be that it was designed for a boat with a babystay and the "reef" position would somehow be at the correct position to set it on the babystay, where the full length would be for the forestay. I have to admit I am into the realms of pure conjecture here and may be completely delusional (it often happens).

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:12 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Auzzee View Post
While digging about in my shed of boat goodies, I found a sail which has been in its bag since I bought my current boat. For the record, my boat is 53' on deck, has a 68' mast and is a sloop with an inner staysail. I have a spinnaker (actually a big reacher) and now I have discovered this 'new' spinnaker staysail.
I am looking at a blueprint for a 42' yacht designed by Bill Tripp in 1963. The sail plan lists a Spinnaker Staysail. These are its dimensions: luff=17, foot=18-3, leach=22-3. It is to be made out of 1.5 oz nylon and flown on a temporary stay about a foot ot two inside the forestay and connecting at about 3/4 the way up the mast. Note the short luff and very long foot.

It was intended, I assume, to be raised under a spinnaker to capture air that would ordinarily go under the spinnaker and be lost.


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