I have a 2012 Harbor 25 by Schock. The spinnaker size is something that I have on my list to determine this week; a sailor with a boat and spinnaker like mine in San Francisco, refers to the spinnaker as a 180? I can tell you she is large and flies pretty close to the water; a sailor friend questions whether she is really asymmetrical. She flies closer to the water than all the other boats that I race in the beer cans (Js from the 145 on down to the 22s, C&C 36, Sabre 386, etc. The boat has a tall rig for her size & the A sail goes all the way to the top.
I purchased the spinnaker new shortly after I purchased the boat; hence, the spinnaker was made for my particular boat & made by the sailmaker who makes the sails for Schock's new boats. I also purchased a sock with the spinnaker.
When I've set the sail properly in a proper breeze, I'm convinced that she is about as fast as she could possibly be. I experience all the foul-ups you would expect from a newbie in setting and jibing the sail. It is generally getting better each time we use the sail.
The sock seems too much in the way on my small boat. Not having bow pulpit & lifelines, keeping the sheets from fouling on the anchor mount, cleats etc. is a big job. So, I'm ready to start flying without the sock.
1. From your experience, where is the best place to stow the spinnaker in its bag while racing & before the 1st set? While in the sock, I have had it all rigged and lead into the companion way. After the first set, do you store it differently.
2. Except for the halyard, I have tied the sheets and tack with bowlines. Are there any light weight fasteners that you would recommend?
3. Do you use rubber bands or wool? & if so, where do you know where to place or tie them? I'm aware of the environmental & legal issues with rubber bands & that is not part of the question.
4. Is there a good YouTube, or any other reference material you would recommend?
5. Is there someone you would recommend in the Seattle area that I could hire to spend some time with me on the boat while using the A sail? I'd like to find someone well versed in the tactical aspects as well as rigging, setting, jibing and dousing the sail. I would like to have the acumen to be able to sail her with one crew. However, would usually have two & have found 2 to be ideal.
Thanks for your help.
P.S. Is a picture with us racing with the A Sail; sorry it isn't a closer shot.