Bobstay for Asymmetrical Spinnaker

I fly an asym tacked to the anchor roller all the time. Trust me, at some point you will fly it in more than 12 kts. I run the tack line from the cockpit through a block with swivel shackle hooked to a heavy line tied tightly around the anchor roller itself (the rubber roller part) This allows me to get the tack much lower than using the bale and it keeps the load off the bale. But Fair winds, Mike C380 #77, Debbia Racine, WImore importantly I suggest adding a Bobstay. As is, the anchor roller is designed to accept down force, without a bobstay, the upward load from the asym tack will eventually work the anchor roller loose from the deck and cause leaks. In extreme cases it can bend it or even rip it out. You’ll be surprised at how much load there is on the tack

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Dutchman Issues

While my mainsail is at the sail makers for minor repairs we were discussing adding a third Dutchman line. As with many of the C380’s my boat came with only two Dutchman lines which often results in the sail flopping off the boom at outer end. Here are some highlights of our discussion and I am hoping for guidance of what has worked with others. 1. First we discussed just adding a third Dutchman line behind the current after line. At first the sail maker thought that was a good and economical solution. I tend to agree but want to ask if others have done that or if I will be unhappy. Another advantage of this is that I only need to make one modification to the sail cover which is in great shape. 2. The best solution that is

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Mack Pack

We purchased a new main last year from Mack Sails in Florida and decided to switch from Dutchman to Mack Pack w/ lazy jacks. Very happy with decision. After sail drops into Mack Pack (bag) it still requires some adjustment but once that is done we just zip up the pack and don’t have to deal with putting on a sail cover. Mack Pack is superior to other such systems. Sail and Pack are independent of each other so no mods to sail needed. Also pack is open at bottom (2 halves clip together under bolt rope of main ) so it does not collect water. We installed it ourselves with no difficulty. . Stefan Leader Diva II 380 # 327 Alexandria VA

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New Sails – Rolly Tasker

We have installed a new 135% genoa from Rolly Tasker ($1950) and a new mainsail, with Dutchman, from Haarstick (over $3K). Both are Dacron. All of a sudden we can hit hull speed seemingly without trying very hard. Winds this weekend were variable on Long Island Sound, 5 to 18 knots. At around 12knots / 60 degrees apparent we found a wide groove and were romping along at 7.6 knots not really trimmed well. I figured the main was more complicated, hence going with Haarstick (who do a great job relative to fit and quality). Can’t wait to try the new chute. BTW we swapped out the old vinyl covered wire topping lift for a 3/16 Amsteel Blue line – much better and far lighter. Dutchman is not adjusted quite right just yet, but I’m gald we stayed with one. Tom (Alchemy, 380, #120) Last year, I got a new

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