Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Launching the New APS Pro Spinnaker Launch Bag...



We can’t promise that you’ll have the perfect leeward mark rounding, but we can reduce the many excuses for why the spinnaker is functioning as a helicopter outside the bag as you’re headed upwind! Our new Pro Spinnaker Launching Bag is deep enough and slightly tapered at the bottom so the kite does not blow back out when you pack it in. The bag features battens on all four sides of the opening and a slight bottom taper to keep its shape. Made of all mesh, the bag measures 25" fore and aft, 25" from side to side and 30" deep.

You can easily access and read your SI’s with a clear plastic pouch located on the front of the bag. And for those rainy days or failed launches, the pouch has a Dacron backing to keep the wet spinnaker seperate from your dry papers. Two mesh side pockets with Velcro closures securely hold your VHF radio or winch handles. Slots on the outside hold pens/pencils.

Check out the video above for a closer look at the APS Pro Spinnaker Launching Bag.

Incorporating a Spin Roller for an easier kite departure:
(An informative tip from Warren Richter in Customer Service)

A neat trick for making sure that the spinnaker goes up cleanly using our spinnaker bag is to create a spin roller. This will work on many keelboats such as a J22, J24, J80, or Melges 24. This can be installed on either the boat, or our new spin bag. In either case, you would need about 3 feet of 1/8” Amsteel blue, and 12-18” of both ½” and 1” PVC pipe. If installing on the boat, you would also need two eyestraps such as a H073.

To install on the bag you would punch two holes through the top lip of the bag above the batten at 45 degrees to the corner, typically in the port forward corner of the bag, as this will be most often the side you will be setting the spinnaker from if sailing windward leeward courses. One hole will be in the side of the bag towards the port side of the boat 12-18” back from the port forward corner of the bag, and one in the front of the bag 12-18” inches from the corner. Pass the smaller PVC through the larger PVC and then pass the Amsteel through the small PVC. Then put the Amsteel through the two holes that were just made and tie stopper knots on either side trying to get the Amsteel as tight as possible and you will have a spin roller.

The PVC will roll well on itself, but you can use something such as McLube Sailkote to keep everything running well. If you mount this to the boat, the eyestraps will mount in similar locations, just on the underside of the cabin house. Otherwise everything would be the same, but the roller should hang down just about ½” to 1” and not bump into the headliner of the boat.

Hope this helps, and Sail Fast!

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