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Re: Singlehanding- Flaking the Main
Just drop fast and flake it later. Or get lazy jacks or a dutchman's system.
I don't have an autopilot. I can flake it if it's a calm day. I start at the aft end and use sail ties as I move forward.
If there's a breeze or gusts, other boats, then it's safer to flake it at the dock. I'll gather it up a bit so I don't have sail all over the deck, but if you're single handing, you need to pay attention to other boats and stay in the cockpit as much as you can. Flaking the sail isn't a top priority.
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