||01-25-2005 11:25 AM
Asymmetric Spinnaker for Cruising
We've got a 32 foot cutter rigged boat with a bowsprit. We always struggle (without a pole) to sail deep enough when sailing downwind.
We're planning to add a kite to our inventory and our sailmaker has suggested an asymmetric. I would really like to hear from people with experience of using them.
How well do they work? Can you sail deep enough with them (say down to 160 or more AWA)? Are they "relatively" easy to handle with limited crew? Any other comments? What wind speeds will they cope with?