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Old 05-26-2013
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Re: Flaking the Main Sail

I do it pretty much as described by multiple folks. Namely, I put one wrap on the winch and take the halyard fwd w/ me. Lower the sail flaking side to side. Go back in the cockpit, pull the boom down tight and to the side and flake the leech. I have SHARPIE marks on the leech showing where to put the sail. Tie it off and VOILA!
I am in the process of making my own lazy jacks out of Amsteel. They will be retractable and spliced to themselves so there will be no hardware. No chaff on the sails and I can pull them fwd to keep them out of the way. 1/8" is a little harder to splice but inexpensive, light and less obtrusive.
Dutchmen systems IMHO suck. More holes in the sail. The sail always folds the same way and they're pricey. (I alternate how I flake the sail) Maybe for casual cruiser types they're okay, but I hated it when I sailed a boat w/ a Dutchmen.

(and not the guys from Holland!)
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