GP14 Sailing Forums Forum Help with spinnaker Pole uphaul

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    • #27246
      Paul Bickley

      Hi All

      I Have started sailing my GP now and love it, need to get used to the transom main but it’s great sailing with company.

      I am installing rigging for the Spinnaker using the guides on this site, going for the simple shock cord uphaul. When setting the shock cord tension should it be enough to hold the pole horizontal with no sheet attached? The other question is regarding the downhaul, is it best to take the line through the deck just forward of the mast then to a cleat on the centreboard case?

      I am currently racing her but only to gain experience in a new boat, we will be using it for Cruising primarily.

      thanks Paul


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      Oliver Shaw

      Glad you are enjoying your newly acquired GP14 so much;    she is a truly great design.

      Transom main;  agreed if you are used to a centre main the transition will perhaps take you a little time,  but you will get used to it.   And for cruising this has many advantages,  although I concede that centre main has some benefits for racing.

      There are some owners who both race and cruise,  regularly in both cases,  who have their boats set up so that they can quickly and easily switch sheeting arrangements depending on whether they are racing or cruising.

      Spinnaker arrangements;   I will leave some of our racers to advise on that,  with more experience and authority that I can muster.    I do use a spinnaker,  occasionally,  and up to my mid seventies I would even set it single-handed in fair conditions,  but I am far from being an expert at it.

      Enjoy getting to know the boat!




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