I don't like socks, at least not on small boats like these.
They will jam and refuse to collapse the spin exactly when you need it most. People like them for shorthanded sailing, but I find an old fashion drop-it-in-the-bag (or my preference - hatch) douse is faster and more reliable. These spins aren't so large that they are hard to handle.
On the racecourse we make up time on boats that are fussing with their socks. We love that!
I fly my spin singlehanded, it's a workout but it's fun. You really have to have the timing down and not take time to think, just do it. Takes a lot of practice. Hoisting, gybing, dousing - it's all in the timing, whether singlehanded or crewed.
And you could do a cruising gennaker off the bow and not deal with a pole at all, that makes life super easy!
--- In BaylinerBuccaneerGroup@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Ronning <stephenronning@...> wrote:
> best thing i ever bought was a spinnaker...maker sure you throw an extra $200.00 at it and buy the sock with it.