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Marc,

I''m very glad to hear your assessment of the performance of the Dutchman system. I''ve never been a fan of lazyjacks either.

I''m planning to put the Dutchman mainsail flaking system on my new boat. Would you tell me what size boat you have installed the system on? Do you use a full batten main? And, does your system use the topping lift installation technique?

Wayne
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Hi Wayne. I''ve used the Dutchman on a Niagara 35,& my present boat,a PDQ36 catamaran. Tha Niagara started out with a conventional main & then went to a full batten one. The PDQ has a full batten main. Neither one used used their topping lift system. The rig is great,just install it & forget it.
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Hi Marc:

I do''nt understand how you use a Dutchman system with out using the topping lift to hold the upper end of the Dutchman wire. I too have had a Dutchman for 10 years and the only thing I did not like was the pockets at the boom to hold the wires, they would hold up the sail. I built stst brackets that were up about an inch that secured the wire to the boom. This was on a Gulf 32.

On my new boat, a 43 Steel cutter I installed a lazy jack system that could be folded up to the mast. I have been considering going to the Dutchman system on her. A friend of mine Evans Starzinger on his 47'' aluminum sloop Hawk uses lazy jacks and is recomending that I not add the Dutchman system. That the Dutchman is not useable for offshore work, where it works well for Coatal.
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