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Re: Sailing as a senior

Never used the ties. Was taught early on the ties produces significant wear on the sail even under a cover. On prior boats when sail ties were necessary never pulled them tight. Ideally you want your folds to be radii not sharp edges and no crinkles in the sail. Itís when sails are sharply bent that fibers break and coatings crack. Thatís why some race boats just take their sails off or leave them hanging even if it means they hang under the boom. Obviously not practical on cruising boats or bigger boats. One of the pluses for in mast or in boom is no folds and less sun exposure.

Another advantage of the Dutchman is the sail is controlled and not flopping around while raising or reefing. This means much less noise (that scares the bride) and the sail doesnít need to be completely perfectly unloaded throughout the process. Of course the vang is completely off and the main sheet loose but as you rock and roll in a seaway itís quite helpful because the boom wanders around. Mostly do stuff myself so thereís no one at the helm. We ease the topping lift once done so the Dutchman lines put no stress nor chafe the sail.

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