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post #5 of Old 04-21-2013
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Re: Dousing headsails in breeze when the main is down?

With a furled headsail, having no means of heading up to luff the sail is flirting with disaster. The luff tape on furled sails would likely be too tight to pull the halyard down manually in an emergency. The only option may be to blow the sail and hope it could be rolled up before getting wrapped- not a good situation. Not only that but if you're poled out, you may not be able to get the pole detached without extreme danger.

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