What is the purpose of a gennaker? The gennaker is a specialty sail primarily used on racing boats to bridge the performance gap between a genoa and a spinnaker. It is sometimes the only downwind
What is the purpose of a gennaker?
The gennaker is a specialty sail primarily used on racing boats to bridge the performance gap between a genoa and a spinnaker. It is sometimes the only downwind sail on board because it is easier to use and less expensive than a spinnaker. Due to its geometry, the sail is less prone to collapsing than a spinnaker.
What’s the difference between a spinnaker and a gennaker?
In short, a gennaker has a genoa’s form (asymmetric, head and tack pinned, sheets tied to the clew) with the wide girth of a spinnaker. The gennaker is an all-purpose downwind sail, while spinnakers are built for specific downwind apparent wind angles.
How do you sail a gennaker?
Attach the tack of the gennaker to the bowsprit; 2. Attach the gennaker halyard to the head of the sail; 3. Run the dowsing line through the retrieval points on the sail; 4. Attach the gennaker sheets to the clew of the sail; 5.
What is a code O sail?
The Code Zero is a cross between a genoa and an asymmetrical spinnaker that is used for sailing close to the wind in light air. The sail is very flat and is designed for close reaching. It has a nearly straight luff, a mid girth about 60-65% of the sail’s foot length.
What is an ATN Tacker?
The ATN Tacker™ is the device that lets you use your conventional (symmetric) spinnaker like an asymmetric spinnaker, gennaker or cruising chute when sailing on a beam reach or broad reaching without the need of a booming-out pole.
Can you use a spinnaker without a pole?
Best is to do the hoist on a broad reach. Of course you can fly a spinnaker without a pole and without the TACKER, but bear in mind that a conventional / symmetrical spinnaker is designed to fly a couple of feet above the lifelines. Its foot (between the clew and the tack) should always be horizontal.
What is a spinnaker Tacker?
The spinnaker Tacker allows you to fly your symmetric spinnaker without a pole, like an asymmetrical spinnaker. If you are looking to add a spinnaker to your boat without the need for adding a bow sprit this is the solution that you’ve been looking for. Clip the snap shackle onto the spinnaker’s tack and hoist away.