Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Let’s get some knowledge about spinnakers

Usually people feel uncomfortable to deal with spinnakers and that’s why, they are often found buried in the fore cabins of cruising boats. Only the trained and expert sailors know that a spinnaker can bring a light wind passage to life and help you in the resorting to the engine. More you use them,more you will start exploring its benefits in an offshore sail and they become you easier to handle.
There are two types of spinnakers:  asymmetric and symmetric. An asymmetric spinnaker is installed by flowing on the bowsprit that fits on the bow of a cruise boat. On the other hand a symmetric spinnaker is flown on the pole in the front of the mast. A spinnaker has three corners and three sides; the corners are generally labeled with color codes, starboard side is colored green and  the seaport side is colored with red.

Turtles (spinnaker bags): It is used for storing and hoisting the spinnaker. It is a tubular hoop that is sewn into the opening that keeps it open so that the sail can freely fly. For securing it to the guardrails, there are snap hooks outside the turtles. So there is no fear of being lost overboard when the spinnaker is hoisted.

Spinnaker poles: the role of a spinnaker pole is to hold the windward edges of the spinnaker and to position it. It is installed on the mast and there are an uphaul and a downhaul connected with it to support its weight.  In the market, there are two utterly different types of pole system available:

• End for end pole system: It has two bridles run from each end. The middle of the top bridle is attached with pole uphaul and the middle of the bottom bridle is attached with the pole downhaul.
• Dip pole: Here, both the uphaul and the downhaul are connected to the outer edges of the pole.
The other essential accessories with a spinnaker are halyards, sheets and guys. While halyard is used to hoist a spinnaker, guys and sheets support in controlling the ship.

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