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Mainsail Flaking Singlehanded
As an alternative to lazyjacks, I had a Dutchman system on one of my boats. They can be a nuisance at the beginning & end of the season, but are really easy to use.
If you''re not familiar with it, the Dutchman runs two strong thin lines (like a fishing line) through reinforced points that are added to your Main. They run from the topping lift down to the foot of the sail. These then allow the sail to fold quickly and easily into flakes that are already set by the threading of the lines through the sails. Very quick and easy, unlike lazyjacks which don''t always flake the sail nicely.
- Weight aloft and turbulence, only important to you if you are mnore serious about racing
- You need a topping lift if you don''t have one
- The sail pretty much alwyas gets folded in the same place, which is not always the best.