Hmmmmm! Very good point. No, I don''t know how that would work. I do know that depending on what system the boat uses, the controll lines can be dropped (via a halyard-style topping lift). Though in, or preparing for a blow, that is one more step one would rather not have to take. That sounds like a question you should e-mail directly to the Dutchman via their web site for an answer.