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January 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm in reply to: Asymmetric spinnaker setup; looking for used headsails #5721
Photo of my set up. I had the sprit custom painted white.
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An Asym on a trogear sprit is my general set up for single handing and day sailing on my 29. I use a Harken reflex top down furler all the time. This system gnerally works great and torsion line transmit twist effectively without loading or backspin. With this system, it is pretty easy to for me handle the asym spinnaker upto 20 knots or so. It is also a lot easier when sailing with folks who are uncomfortable working on the bow. A purpose designed asym for the 30 is likely to be smaller in area than a symmetrical class spinnaker and probably not as fast under most conditions. It maybe faster under certain reaching angles. The top down furler works well but you can screw it up and there is a bit of a learning curve. Sometime the o ring pull jams the mechanism and if the right amount tension is not put on the sheets, the furl will not be tight. if it is going to be decently windy/choppy I will tape the o ring in position before leaving the dock once I have attached the sail. With an initial rail side launch, I can set,fly, and furl the kite from the cockpit. I do not have much problems with inside gybes and it allows me to fly the kite alone without a ton of drama, so I like it. I also have a code zero on a bottom up furler, but I use that much less than I expected. When its light the 150 works and points a bit better so I have found the useful window for the sail (0-5 knots) is small and it can be overpowered quickly. The one advantage it does have as the area I sail in can have big wind speed variations. So I sometimes use it in the lee area and when the winds pipes up as I round an island I can roll it up and go to a blade quickly. When I turn around to head downwind I can either use the Code zero (works OK but not great) or go forward and swap to the asymmetrical. I would not get the code 0 if I head to do it again. Hope this helps
This happened to me on Hull #11 and is/was a common occurrence for Olson 25’s. Fortunately, I pulled my plates to check them when I brought the boat to the SF bay. I would recommend that all 29’s and 25’s check them if they still have the aluminum plates. On the recommendation of Scott Easom, I have also moved the mast base about 2 inches forward giving the rig a bit more rake, seems to have helped a bit with pointing ability. I too would be interested in the rig tensions that other folks are using. Right now my rig is tuned for all around use and is tight and but has small amounts of slack to the leeward in 15 knots, I go by feel but I should get a gage. I could see changing the tune for summer vs winter sailing, but not being a big racer, tuning before every sail is unlikely.
Likely a couple of 30s will leave for Tahoe in the spring but they may keep their spots over the summer. You can get a 30′ slip in brickyard and wait for a dry storage spot. I keep my 29 in slip there and it has great access to good sailing areas.
Olson 29 Hull number 11; June 1986
Owner: Sydney Temple
Location: Brickyard Cove, Richmond, CA