I just installed a H16 Spinnaker kit with snuffer. The original 1 page instructions were alot to be desired where we had to call Hobie a few times to get some guidance which was helpful. Flew the spinnaker on Saturday in 10 to 15 winds. What a hoot on the reach. WOW!!!
I am still adjusting but this is what we did. I worked with the local hobie dealer to install. They were very helpful and had the tools.
Modified the upper mast attachment with a yoke attached to the back end of the float ("alien radar") bracket. The loop extends below the jam cleat. The halyard pulley is about 18 inches from the top.
Attached the spinnaker pole to the main cross bar. Had to bend the bracket so it would fit the curvature of the crossbar. Tied the spinnaker pole briddles to the outer edges of the front crossbar. Tied a line under the jib furler so the pole was about an inch below the furler.
Installed the spinnaker halyard cleat about 9 inches from the center of the mast ball. Installed the spinnaker halyard pulley about 4 inches from center.
For right now, I tied the free rolling cleat to the front side of the wing bracket. I tied the jam pulley to the base of the side stay. These will be permanently attached later. I may get a bigger jib with a track near the cooler area where I will attach the jam pulley.
Attached all the lines to the sails and pulleys as described in the picture instructions. The line that goes through the bag does NOT go under the main crossbar but over the crossbar.
Tested on the beach and then went out for a sail. WOW
How to deploy: Put main traveler all the way out. Pull the main all the way in and make sure it is cleated good. This will act as a back stay. Do not let the main out like you normally would going downwind. Now point the boat directly downwind. Deploy the chute. Then turn the boat slowly to a reach and watch the boat take off. WOW
Hope this helps some of you looking to put a spinnaker onto a Getaway.
I race alot against monoslugs on Grapevine Lake, TX
GSC - The Hobie Guy