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Slow start to sailing season 2019 for the James Wharram designed Mana 24. Great day for trying out the new asymmetrical spinnaker and sock. Thank you to crew...

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Comment by john james on June 18, 2020 at 9:20am

Your main sale sets very nicely. Mine is atrocious. Yours and I notice lucky fish also incorporate a single block leading to a yoke on the gaff. Mine is different the halyard  attaches directly to the galf.-- Seems like I can never get the peak high enough and always end up with a giant crease all the way down to the foot. Very frustrating.

Comment by Rod McLaren on June 18, 2020 at 9:46am

Hi, John. I had the same problem when I first started sailing the Mana. I could never enough tension to raise the peak and get rid of the crease. Then someone on the Fb Forum made a suggestion that has worked very well. Raise the sail slightly higher than you want it to be with the main halyard; tighten up the peak halyard; then release the main halyard; pull down on the downhaul until the crease is gone. That works very well to get rid of the crease. Also, as the sail has been used more and is not so crisp, it often sets correctly without having to go through that procedure. Hopefully that will work for you. And let me add, I checked out your photos - beautiful boat you built. Nice job.

Comment by john james on June 19, 2020 at 3:09pm

Hello Rod thank you for your timely response to my problem I will try it. Unfortunately my condition is complicated by a minimal amount of halyard lift. When building the mast I didn't take into account the fact that my pod essentially sort of reduces the height of the mast 16 inches or something the height of the pod it was a terrible shock. If you're going to build a pod aft of the mast make a taller mast. Elementary!! Also the sales that budget boater provided me with her extremely stiff fabric which  probably complicates achieving a good shape. I can try your system with a reefed mainsail and see if I can get rid of that crease. Many thanks enjoy your Spinnaker

Comment by Rod McLaren on June 19, 2020 at 4:34pm

Hope it helps. As for the asymmetrical, I have been very happy with it. It really makes a difference in light winds. Next I will be trying out the mizzen staysail I sewed up this past winter. I have only limited  experience with the mizzen and NO experience with a staysail so it could be interesting. Cheers

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