Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
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Bolt Rope, flaking sails, and shape.
Brand OLD Catalina Capri 25 boat owner here. This new to me boat came with boltrope main(s)... they are ragged out for sure, but budget requires me to stick with the best of the two. Neither here or there... but
First the simple question. I've always had sail slugs... I've flaked my main onto the boom, then put the mainsail cover on. That is a PITA on this as the boltrope slides right out, and it's nearly impossible to flake right. I am told "rolling" the main is what I am supposed to do... OK... does that mean, roll it from the head down, into a large roll parallel to the boom? I know stupid, but I've never had to deal with it.
Second question is... With either of my 2 mainsails up (again they are ragged out), tight as it'd go, vang off, into the wind, mainsheet off, and no topping lift, the "natural" shape of the main leaves the boom high at the mast, and the boom aft end sagging lots (probably a 15-20 inch drop)... I messed with outhaul, and flattening reef trying to bring it up, NO go. I physically pulled down on the boom and put vang on, and only changed the drop to about 10 inches. What puzzles me, is I'd just pull the boom bow end more with a line and a block, but there is a block preventing the boom from going lower (as in this is as low as it should be)... Are both my mainsails REALLY bagged out that bad?
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.