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Mainsail Flaking Singlehanded
My mainsail is at least 250 sq ft and the boom is 13'' long so if this works for me it will for you. I don''t even bother to head into the wind as my sail will come down with a pull. So I sheet the boom hard to near the center of the boat, go forward and let the halyard go. Then I go back to the cockpit and pull and fold one tie at a time. The first one is the key. Yank on the sail really hard and the sail will pull close to the boom. Then as the first ones are done from the cockpit I go forward again and finish up the ties and then the halyard.
Lot''s of us single hand our boats. That''s what you will be doing. Find a place that''s safe to drop the main. One with no wakes is best.
I don''t want lazy jacks in the way. I could have them and they are more trouble than they are worth.