Big kite conversion

31/05/2010 21:53:55
Adrian Boivin
Hi all, I am the new owner of the Merlin 3271 (Penelope, a beautifull Summer Wine design). I sail her in Luc sur Mer (Normandy, France) for two weeks.

After some outings in very light winds I am planning to make the conversion to a new rules spinnaker. What kind of changes would I have to do on the rig? How much would it cost? (secondhand stuff considered)?

Thanks for helping.

01/06/2010 08:10:57
would suggest twin poles (long) and a new or 2nd hand spinnaker plus bits and piesces

01/06/2010 08:53:50
Adrian Boivin
The halyard block on the mast can stay where it is?

01/06/2010 09:09:08
Halyard block can stay where it is, yes.

The point at which your pole uphauls connect to the mast probably needs to be higher than it currently is. I think they are usually fitted just below the jib halyard sheave. This means the longer pole sits at a better height when stowed along the boom.

Your new pole(s) need to be 2.3m - measured between outboard ends.
01/06/2010 09:39:16
Adrian Boivin
OK, I understand. Thank you for your help. 

What is the surface difference between an old spinnaker and a new one? Does it really make a difference when sailing?

01/06/2010 10:20:23
Andrew M
New spinnaker is 10m2, the old was about 8m2 and not such a good shape, the rules limited the length of the foot and leeches of the sail.  There is a very big difference using the new larger spinnaker.


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