Sep 6, 2006, 5:28 PM
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I used lines with purchase systems that went from the middle of the pole to the turnbuckles, which I strapped on as hard as I could, to keep the pole from moving. I took it out the other day in 15kts plus, and although at times we were a bit overpowered, by heading low and playing the main a lot, we were able to plane continuously downwind on a very broad reach. I also thought the pole might bend, but even when we were almost flipping, it seemed to not budge. And your snotter thing sounds about right, I basically tied to pole onto the mast as hard as I could with some rope.
Re: [mvs] Club 420 with J/24 spinnaker
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I would send pics of how I attached all the parts of the pole and how it works, but I am at school in boston. To attach the blocks to the stern I had to drill holes in the rail, but that was the largest modification the boat required. from there I ran a line to the original spinnaker blocks, so as to keep the sheet out of the skippers way. I rigged an uphaul, downhaul, and outhaul for the pole, and had cleats on the fiberglass part that holds the mast in the middle of the boat (the partners?).
My next step is actually finding a properly shaped sail. This sail is still symmetrical, and although it is fast, if it were properly shaped I am sure it would be all that much faster. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a similarly sized kite from another boat that could be a replacement?