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I have been interested in installing a Dutchman system for my sailboat. Do you have any suggestions that might help me minimize silly mistakes?

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David Wild
Hi David, Are you asking about the mainsail flaking system (akin to lazy jacks), or one of the other Dutchman products?
 

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Hi Dave,

I have had both Harken Lazy Jacks and the Dutchman Mainsail flaking system. Dutchman is on our current boat.

While there are pros and cons to both systems, if I had to state a preference it would probably be for the more traditional lazy jacks. The Dutchman system works reasonably well, but in my experience it takes a fair bit of tweaking to make it work as advertised.

Another consideration is that the Dutchmen system requires that the mainsail be modified with a series of holes through which the monofilament flaking lines can pass. This is not a big deal if you are ordering a new mainsail anyway. If you are retrofitting an existing sail, you could maybe do it yourself if you're handy, however it is often best to have a sailmaker familiar with the system make the modifications. Proper placement and alignment of those holes is key to the system working.

Whereas a typical lazyjack system does not require any modifications to the sail.
 
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