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Old 06-17-2013
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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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Re: Singlehanding- Flaking the Main

I have the Dutchman system on my C&C 30 and it helps a lot when I'm single handing. If the Dutchman's control lines are tensioned properly, it all gets flaked without any fuss. As mentioned here before, A well cleaned and lubricated sail track helps as well.
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Re: Singlehanding- Flaking the Main

You don't need an autopilot. Just steer into the wind and lock off the rudder (using the brake on a wheel system, tiller tamer or line cleating the tiller in place on a tiller boat). An autopilot hooked into a wind system is helpful if you are sailing in gusty conditions.

Dropping and flaking on a ~30' boat only takes a minute, I do prefer to do it on the water and find that it is safer to do this instead of having sail fabric everywhere when I'm trying to dock. I may reflake at the dock if I had to rush the job, but it can be pretty annoying if the flakes aren't right so I try to just do it properly the first time.

I don't have lazy jacks. I've had limited experience with them, but mostly found them annoying.
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