#1 2018-10-02 06:10:38

Registered: 2017-05-26
Posts: 8

Gennaker for Frances 26

Dear All,
I acquired MaineStream in 2017.  She is a cutter-rigged Frances 26.
At the bottom of a sail locker I have found a new unused Gennaker - from the same sailmaker as the "white sails".
It is massive ! A light and colourful asymmetric sail.
A couple of queries come to mind (should I ever be brave enough to want to put it up!)

1.  Have any of the members used a Gennaker or Asymmetric Spinnaker on an F26 ?  Advice, experiences, guidance all welcome.

2.  With a furling jib at the end of the bowsprit I'm bemused as to how I would be able to gybe this sail around the forestay.  My assumption is that I would need to attach a block to the same fitting as the furler from which I'd run the tack sheet.  But this would appear a very tight and congested area to get the sail around the forestay.  There is no fitting further forward on the bowsprit to provide a gap.

Any advice welcome !



#2 2018-12-31 01:08:42

Registered: 2016-07-12
Posts: 22

Re: Gennaker for Frances 26

I have a V800 cutter and like you I discovered a cruising chute onboard.  I have bought an "ATN tacker" after watching a video of a lecture to the Contessa association by Peter Sanders, the sailmaker who made my foresails.  I have some reservations about wear on the rolled yankee. Should this occur I shall consult my sailmaker!


The sail is in a snuffer and in a 'turtle' bag. I have set up the necessary running rigging but, I confess I have not used the sail yet! I sail singlehanded so need to pick my moment to practice.


#3 2019-01-01 18:05:33

Registered: 2014-09-23
Posts: 23

Re: Gennaker for Frances 26


I have a masthead sloop rig Frances 26 and have used a cruising chute on a number of occasions. On my anchor roller I have a larger ring on the port side where I feed the tack line outside of the pulpit and back to the Sampson post where it is tied off. This allows the length to be adjusted.

I use a snuffer for hoisting, dropping and gybing, when short-handed. The sheets come back to two blocks, port and starboard, on the pushpit and then to the winches.

Gybing has been carried out as with a normal asymmetric or by snuffing the chute and resetting it after the gybe.

I hope this helps.



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