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Is a dutchman system a good thing? I am looking at a '75 Bristol 32 that has it. Does it compromise performance in any way? I could see it affecting the draft of the sail. Any input is welcome.

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Bardo,

Are you referring to the Dutchman mainsail lazyjack system? If so, we have this system and it is reasonably satisfactory. It does not interfere with the mainsail draft because it is attached to the topping lift, which gets eased when sailing. We sometimes have trouble with the monofilament line getting snagged under the velcro flaps of our batten pockets, but that is because whoever installed it did not set it up so the line exits on the opposite side of the mainsail from the batten pockets, as should have been done.

My biggest complaint about this system is that the heavy monofilament line (looks like weed whacker line) seems to get brittle from UV exposure. Ours break with more regularity than I'd like, and rethreading the monofilament is a bit of a nuisance.

Frankly, I will probably go back to a more typical lazyjack system when we get a new mainsail. But this is not a system that should have any bearing on your purchase decision.
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Is a Dutchman system a good thing? I am looking at a '75 Bristol 32 that has it. Does it compromise performance in any way? I could see it affecting the draft of the sail. Any input is welcome.

Thanks as always,
Freeman
Bardo...if your going to move up to a bigger boat, wouldn't you want to bigger than just 3 more feet?

What price point are you trying to stay around?

My Aunt & Uncle had a Bristol 35.5 with the Dutchman, they loved it! No complaints. However, I could see having to replace those monofilament lines frequently as a real PITA, but the system works well, especially for reefing, you practically don't need reef ties.
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The trick is to keep an eye on the flaking line and make dure it does not get too tight... but not too loose either. I think it is a great system (and relatively inexpensive) and would not hesitate using it again. It (like ANY other system) is not without its issues. However, it is a LOT better than that sail falling all over the cabin top.

You will like it.

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T37,
yah, I know. It is a boat of opportunity, too good to pass up for a look anyway. It really isn't the boat I want. BTW, I got a call from a local Tartan dealer today, whose been trying to sell me a 2007 boat which I told him I was not interested in (for reasons too numerous to mention). He worked very hard to discredit all of the folks who have posted here and elsewhere. It was disheartening (its my post, and I'll hijack if want).
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I would not ever ever ever buy a new boat! No matter who the builder and no matter what a great reputation they have...primarly becasue I'll never be able to afford a new boat that I would want to own...
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That was one of the many many reasons I told him to pack sand. He did say that it was discounted from 250k to 199k. Such a deal! My budget is a bit more, shall we say, constrained. But I am determined to find a very cool boat pretty cheap during this off season.....
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