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Raising the sail

Is it possible to raise a sail on a boat on land, properly braced with metal stands.
I've got to fix a dutchman system but don't want to tip the boat over.
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I would not.
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Unless the boat is inside a closed building, I would highly recommend you not do that. If the wind picks, your boat is very likely going to tip...and really bad things will happen to it.
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It is possible of course. Whether or not you do it depends on the direction the wind is coming from the strength of the wind and whether you can get it down quickly if the wind changes. With a very light wind on the nose and no forecast of anything more I would hoist the main.
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You have two opinions above. Both are right.

It all depends on the conditions.

I wouldn't do it with just metal stands holding the hull. The wind is much stronger than you think. Whatever you want to test, do it in the water. That's what the sailmakers, and the hull designers, designed their product for.
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I would only do it if I knew that if it blew over it would not damage anything around it, power lines, other people boats, a house and so on. I would then pick a day with a light wind forecast and do it early in the morning. I would put four screw in trailer tie downs at the corners and lash it down for some added stability and work real fast.

I did mine but it is fairly small with a mast short of 30 ft and sitting on a trailer with a solid base.
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I wouldn't risk raising the mainsail while on jackstands.

What's the trouble with your Dutchman system? Maybe we can suggest an alternative approach. I'm having trouble coming up with a Dutchman problem whose remedy would require raising the main while on the hard??
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I wouldn't risk raising the mainsail while on jackstands.

What's the trouble with your Dutchman system? Maybe we can suggest an alternative approach. I'm having trouble coming up with a Dutchman problem whose remedy would require raising the main while on the hard??

The lines are broken and need to be replaced.
I can just thread the new lines and check their tension when the boat is in the water. Your right not worth the risk raising the sail.
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The lines are broken and need to be replaced.
I can just thread the new lines and check their tension when the boat is in the water. Your right not worth the risk raising the sail.
Yeah, that's the way to do it.

I've found that you actually have to load up the sail (drop the topping lift, sheet in, etc) to get the tension set correctly on the monofilament. If you only set it with the topping lift holding the boom up, and the sail unsheeted, it's hard to guess the exact amount of slack necessary for unimpeded sailing.
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