height of spinnaker pole mast fitting
Is the current standard height for this fitting set by the rules or height of the crew for ease of use? When fitting a self launching pole fitting should/can this be set higher as the crew will not have to reach it and most photos of merlins with spinnakers flying the pole is pointing upwards reducing the effective length.
It can be as high or low as you like.
self launchers - you could theoretically set it so the pole is out at right angles to the mast for maximum pole length. However noone has yet done this.
Andy Hay - Business as Usual
I guess it's a silly thing to say, but you will need to work this through with your pet sailmaker. Maximising the pole length will effectively need longer luffs on your kite, this will narrow the sail, for the same area and perhaps make it more of a reaching sail. Most designs, like such in life, are compromises. You will probably have to trade running performance for the luff extensions.
Chris M - 3744
It seems that there are - scarily enough - two of us i didnt post the origional message and didnt change my username!
Not talking to yourself then Chris?
Chris M (the other one)
Just another other Chris from up North - Thanks for the advice