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    Posted: 17 August 2018 at 02:12
Today we had 8-10 knots of wind and tried the spinnaker out properly. We could easily reach up to 60 degrees off the apparent wind, and probably higher if need be. Speeds were in the 6.5 to 7 knot range topping out about 7.5. I started out with the main up but found I had trouble seeing the spinny so dropped it. Didn't see much speed difference.

Dead downwind speed dropped to 5.6 knots, still pretty good. I would say it is at least a bit faster in this wind than the old symmetric. A much better shape for reaching.

Then we furled it which went smoothly. The Harken reflex is a first class piece of gear. Left it up and sailed back a few miles to windward. If it interfered with flow over the jib it wasn't obvious.



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Installed and tried the new asymm on Tuesday. Very little wind. It looks good and furls well but we never had more than 3 knots of wind.  I'm planning to try again later today and may get some photos.
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So far it seems great, very well engineered. Have not tried it in any serious wind yet. Will report more when I have.
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Let us know how you like the Harken furler.
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A photo of the (17 year old) symmetric spinnaker on the new Harken furler. The rigger said it wouldn't work. The sailmaker said it might. It works. Photo taken by Pierre Cote on Delicate Balance.

The new Asymm has arrived and we will try it out within the next few days. It is about 10% bigger than this one.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gshannon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2018 at 18:19
Lovely photo. Is that an A2?
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This is Echo, we have a similar continuous line furler. They work really well. This was taken a couple of weeks ago sailing Les Sables d'Olone to Ile de Re.
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We ordered design #1 which my wife (who outranks me) liked best.

In the meantime I took delivery of an endless furling line, new Dyneema spinnaker halyard and very long floating sheets. The latter, based on cost, must be woven from platinum thread.

This morning early (before the wind came up) I hooked up the old symmetrical spinnaker to the new furler and hoisted it (unfurled). Once up, I furled it. It took a lot of pulls on the furling line but it went smoothly. A very tight furl above the sheet, looser below. The clew goes up very high as it furls.

The photos show it partly and fully furled. It lowered to the deck easily and I packed it in the bag, bottom first, in a figure 8 pattern. Much easier than repacking a loose spinnaker, and it is much more compact.

More photos when we try it out at sea.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gshannon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2018 at 15:51
Thanks for the votes. There are of course many other possible designs, including solid colors. Still deciding.
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Grahame,
 
The modern trend is only one color, but my choise out of these would be #3.
 
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