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View Poll Results: How loose is your main sheet while raising the main?
I keep the main sheet tight 6 8.82%
I keep the main sheet a little slack 26 38.24%
I keep the main sheet completely released 36 52.94%
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most boats will weathercock into the wind when the sails are almost up, making it easier to finish the hoist.

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Keep it loose. Train your cockpit crew to keep their heads down. Bring the sheet on deck with you if you're singlehanding (mine is long enough to go from the outboard end of the boom to the mast, even on a run). I've done a bit of singlehanding and I found the most annoying thing about hoisting and dousing was a sail filling when I didn't want it to.

Also I have found that my boat does not reliably weathercock with just the main up. The bow pays off downwind slower than it does with the main down, but it still pays off.

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Mainsheet and vang are both released.

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i find with lazy jacks fitted its much easier to have the mainsheet loose.
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i find with lazy jacks fitted its much easier to have the mainsheet loose.
Can you move your lazy jacks up to the mast after your get the sail on your boom? It makes all the difference.

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My method is the same singlehanding or with crew. Genoa trimmed for the course I am on. Toppping lift slacked off, main slightly loose. Wheel brake lightly tensioned to maintain course. I actually stand in the companionway to access the deckhouse mounted main halyard winch for the hoist so I am not worried about being slammed by the boom. I trim after the hoist and then clean up the halyard lying in a heap in the cabin. Works for me on this boat.

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I just tell the captain to do it, I rarely have to get out of the hot tub on deck. I'd have to have all the girls rearrange, it could take hours to get them back in place, plus I'd probably spill my martini..

Seriously, my autopilot is a rope.
I leave my mainsheet a little slack, neither I, the rope, or the admiral can keep her into the wind within 5⁰.. so I end up with a slack main and a boom swinging a foot in each direction..


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It's important to loose the mainsheet when hoisting the main to get a full hoist, plus make it easier on the crew grinding the halyard up.

In addition, you should probably slack the vang too, if it is not already.
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Not true... if you use the topping lift to raise the boom sufficiently, you can tighten the main sheet to help keep the boom centered, and still get full hoist on the mainsail easily. The key is tensioning the topping lift enough to allow full hoist on the mainsail.
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It's important to loose the mainsheet when hoisting the main to get a full hoist, plus make it easier on the crew grinding the halyard up.

In addition, you should probably slack the vang too, if it is not already.

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Not true... if you use the topping lift to raise the boom sufficiently, you can tighten the main sheet to help keep the boom centered, and still get full hoist on the mainsail easily. The key is tensioning the topping lift enough to allow full hoist on the mainsail.
OK, so my comment would only apply to those without topping lifts. This would include most, if not all, J/Boats...I'm sure there are others manufacturers that would appy here too.

But, I still maintain that by not freeing the sheet, you are loading up the leech and it will be harder to get a full hoist on the main than if the sheet is on hard. It will definitely increase the effort needed by the person grinding the main halyard
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