Spinnaker Launch Bag

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Postby Guest » Mon May 27, 2002 8:41 pm

Just came back from a weekend at J-World San Diego, they used a Spinnaker launch bag. The setup made boat A-Sail sailing more managable by three people.

They used screws into the cabin ceiling along the Companionway dimension for the Launch bag support. My question what is a safe size for the crews into the ceiling, if ceiling drilling is suggested. Other ideas welcome..
HOW THICK IS THE CEILING FIBERGLASS where a launch bag setup would be installed.

Thanks J80 Mates

Postby Guest » Tue May 28, 2002 10:50 am

I just installed one of those. Mine was from Layline, the screws that came with it were about 3/8", and they went through in a couple of places. In those places, I replaced them with a nut and bolt, rather than having the point of the screw coming through.

I also learned to use these bags at J World San Diego, they are much easier to manage than the sock I was using last year... and the chute performs much better.

Anyone wanna buy a used sock???


Postby Guest » Tue May 28, 2002 7:27 pm

The bag I got from Shore Sails Newport did not require any holes to install. It suspends from existing bolts. When not in use it retracts over the port berth, when in use it opens across the companionway. In seven years I have yet to see a better design.

Postby Guest » Fri May 31, 2002 1:21 am

Hey, go 1 step better and not use a bag and try the forward hatch. Also the spinn will last a whole lot longer........... DnA

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 01, 2002 8:05 am


I am very interested in you technik for lauching the spin from the forward hatch.
I seem to remember that in previous disussions this method was not recommended, I can not recall for what reason any more.

Tell me how you do it. How do you rig it up?
Are you lauching it from the cockpit or does the crew have to go onto the foredeck?

How do you trop it? Crew on the foredeck or below in the hatch?
Anything you do different from lauching it from the centre hatch?
Most of the time I use my boat in moderate to heavy air (similar to you neck of the wood..). What are the pro and cons of this technic?

Kind regards

Bob von Felten

Postby Guest » Tue Jun 04, 2002 5:20 pm

check with John Johnstone at Johnstone yachts. He told me that was how he prefered to set the spin on the J80.

Postby Guest » Tue Jun 04, 2002 9:51 pm

OH Yea, I forgot to mention we sail with 155% genoas and PHRF kites which are approx 900 sq ft.
You can't set in the cockpit you just waste kites and crew. We sail with 5 crew and includes a junior sailor at all times.

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