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Spin­nakers should be pro­vided with ad­e­quate dousers or it will be dif­fi­cult to drop them in a squall when this needs to be done quickly. While there isn’t much to choose be­tween well-cut spin­nakers, some dousers are bet­ter than oth­ers. Ide­ally, as on the Para­sailor, the col­lar should be rigid and not made of soft ma­te­rial. The douser col­lar should also have a wide enough mouth to snuff the spin­naker eas­ily.

Var­i­ous light weather sails, such as asym­met­ric spin­nakers, code ze­ros, cruis­ing chutes, gen­nakers etc, come with their own furl­ing gear, and can be a use­ful ad­di­tion to the sail­ing wardrobe, as they are rel­a­tively easy to set up and take down on a short-handed boat.

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