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Old 10-23-2012
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Re: Doyle "StackPack", Quantum version or other?

My current boat came with a Dutchman system and I have become a fan. Basically its as if it wasn't there when raising and lowering the sail other than the main is guided right onto the boom when lowering. And in three years of use, I've had no issues with the system. Yes its more expensive than lazy jacks, but its worth it in my opinion.
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Re: Doyle "StackPack", Quantum version or other?

My StackPak (Doyle) has a membrane that runs the length of the foot that pulls the bag tight against the sail when it is raised. Not optimal for racing, but fine for cruising.
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Re: Doyle "StackPack", Quantum version or other?

Originally Posted by Omatako View Post
So does a sail cover/stack pack change this? And how is a boat balanced with just a main up? Also there are far more compelling reasons for pulling the main down first and leaving a headsail up to last. If they are not known, I can help you.
That was in response to post that that indicated that they sail with the foresail only.


This is of course OK when you're headed for the dock each day but when you're out cruising, the sail will often be covered for extended periods while you're at anchor. With a stack pack the halyard can stay on and opening the zipper to hoist the main takes moments - the sail goes up in less than minute. If a sailor waits until that is too short a time then he is plain and simple not paying attention.
If you read my post about the issues I have had with various stack packs you would be aware of my concerns.

I do not use a sail cover at anchor. I like to tie the halyard off with the foremost sail tie.


FWIW I have Doyle Stakpac with Harken batcars and I wouldn't change it for any other system. Just my personal experience.
And experience is what most of us use to form our opinions.
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Re: Doyle "StackPack", Quantum version or other?

As an older sailor, I had difficulty lowering and bagging the main on my Hunter 29.5; especially, if there was any wind. And since I didn't take the boat out very often when there wasn't any wind...well, you get it. Anyway, a few years ago we did a BVI charter and the boat had a stack pack. So did most of the other charter boats. I decided adding one to my own boat would improve the language I used when handling my main. After some internet research, I chose the Mack Pack from Mack Sails. My son and I did the installation according to the DVD instructions. About a two hour job, and my life is so much simpler. I love it. I haven't noticed any adverse effects from the size of the pack. It's almost twice as tall as a furled, bagged sail. As to not bagging a sail while at anchor, unzipping the pack takes much less time than removing sail-ties.
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