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 Post subject: spi trial last weekend
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 9:21 am 
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Thanks I had tied the sail - shackles seemed cleaner and easier to add remove when trailing... as some of the lines have to come off. I'll go back to knots. Though my shackles are smooth.

I did use a velcro pad (a camera pad from Canon - given to me I had no idea what to use it for - but works perfect to wrap the bottom area of the forestay). Seems to work well and probably better than tape. We tried it this last weekend. It did go in the bag - I just had to pull harder and not be so scared of hurting it. I had one time when it didn't go in the bag. Winds were extremely light 3-4 up and down from 0. I was surprised we could even fill the spin, but did. We Gib'd with it a couple times.

The one time it didn't snuf well - the winds died and the spi just fell in a clump. I re-hoisted it up.. allowed it to fill a little and snuffed again with success the 2nd try.

I found it WEIRD that the retrieval line is all "inside" (one side) of the spi since all instructions show it laced to and fro. But no way to do that on this sail. Seemed to work well.
hoisting was very easy. Retrieval wasn't bad as long as there was some breeze to stop the spi from just falling in a clump, and I pulled hard enough to force the ball into the bag. Always ended up with the really clean NICE 3 corner display as pictured above. I'll remove the 3 shackles and run it for a while. (maybe clean up my spectra connection in the cable clamp up at the top of the mast. (reason was at the time I didn't have enough line to knot it.) I cut the extra off to short = ( I wish it was 3-4" longer now.

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