Horizon Sails Spinnaker and Headsail
I wanted to add a
spinnaker. I started looking at all the offerings from different sail-maker
- and got over-whelmed very quickly.
Clearly I needed
expert help to sort this out.
Salvation came in the form of a local sailing celeb - who agreed to come on the
boat to sail with me.
The Main is in good
shape so is the 90% #3 from Neill Pryde.
Get a good light
155 headsail for upwind work in <10 knots
Then get the chute
After some soul (and
pocket) searching - I ended up buying a Pentex 155% headsail and a 3/4 oz.
spinnaker from Horizon Sails in Australia. It was winter (off-season) down
under - and I ended up with two sails at a great price.
The light #1
turned out to be a great sail. It's cut on the furler rather than down to the
deck - so I don't have to take the furler off. Only problem is - you can't
leave the sail on the furler for long because of UV damage. One of these days I need
to get a sock made for it.
Horizon spinnaker and the light #1 (furled)
Off Treasure Island, San Francisco
The spinnaker has been fantastic as well. You
can also see the #1 in the picture above. There is a grey UV-protection
coating in the film - but it's really not meant to be stored in the open.
spinnaker setup page for the rigging.
The Factory Main
The Catalina factory
Dacron main has held up well. I tore the foot during the Coastal Cup in
2002. Larsen sails of Santa Cruz repaired it and put in double rings +
webbing to help reefing. The rings are simpler than blocks and has held up
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