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post #35 of Old 05-26-2013
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Re: Flaking the Main Sail

I have retractable lazy jacks and a Selden track system on the mast. All controls are at the mast. Luff is about 55 feet.

I drop 10 or 15 feet of the main, stop the clutch, go back to flake the bottom of the sail and put a tie or two in, look around, adjust the auto-pilot, and head back forward.

Lather, rinse, repeat. I drop the main in three sections - 10-15 feet, 15-20 feet, and the rest.

Singlehanded it takes about four minutes; two-up it is less than three. I pull the jacks forward and put on the sail cover at the dock or at anchor.

I tried dropping it all and sorting it out but the weight of all that fabric was too much work for a lazy guy like me.

sail fast and eat well, dave S/V Auspicious

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