The boat we sailed came rigged with the asymmetric spinnaker package, which is optional. We couldn't imagine owning the boat without one. The 710-square foot kite tacks directly to the bow so there's no sprit or foredeck work required to get it flying. Once it's rigged, it's launched and retrieved through the forward hatch. Spinnaker handling can be done singlehanded, but in race mode, at least three people are required to make it go smoothly.
One appealing aspect of the e33 is its minimalism. A great deal of effort was made to do more with less. On our test boat there was one halyard winch (again, optional but recommended) conveniently located on a center pod just below the tiller. This self-tailing winch is used for the main halyard, spinnaker tack line, and jib furler.
In order to eliminate the need for sheet winches, both the main and jib sheet systems have gross and fine tune setups. The mainsheet's 4-to-1 gross and 4-to-1 fine tune adds up to a 16-to-1 purchase, which was enough for my aging arms. The carbon mast's swept spreaders allowed them to eliminate running backstays, which typically limits the range of the mainsail downwind. One development, however, that Doyle applied from his work with super yacht Mirabella V, is progressively decreasing the spreader sweep up the rig, which allows the mainsail to be eased further than it might otherwise be with a
traditional swept-spreader rig.