How about a topic about sailing for a change.
I have an asymmetric spinnaker which I use reasonably often on downwind legs. With the wind on the right quarter it makes my bit heavy steel boat perform a bit more like a club racer if not a pedigree ocean racer.
One problem I have with it is the sock line. Currently it loops through a snatch block on the foredeck, but it is somewhat longer than the run from the top of the kite down to the foredeck and back so the tail of it tends to dangle around on the foredeck. I do cleat off one section of it on a samson post but the line still tends to become tangled on itself where it goes through the snatch block, making a mess that makes the sock hard to retrieve.
My two options at the moment are to shorten the line so that it only just reaches the snatch block, or to add a second snatch block further aft on the foredeck and run the sockline through both, leaving a bit of a triangle and hopefully fewer tangles.
Has anyone wrestled with such a problem before? I'm concerned that if I shorten the sock line it will still twist, and also a longer one might be needed in some cases. However adding another snatch block might be a problem when gybing the kite. What do you reckon?