New Sails: Part 3
|Brian DeBrincat of Quantum Sails makes measurements for |
the new sails--this took nearly two hours.
Postponing the Cruising Spinnaker
Dutchman Mainsail Flaking System
We have always manually flaked our mainsail--this means that after sailing, we would typically release the halyard and the mainsail would come down in a big pile and we would carefully fold the sail with equal creases on each side of the boom. We then would use sail ties to fasten the folded sail to the boom. This manual flaking is done while standing on the cabin top, sometimes in windy conditions while the boat is pitching.
|With the dutchman flaking system, as the main halyard is released to drop |
the mainsail, the sail automatically flakes on alternating sides of the boom.
A dutchman flaking system, incorporated into our new mainsail, automatically flakes the mainsail as the halyard is released--it is easier and safer than manual flaking. Many sailors with dutchman flaking systems don't even use sail ties to fasten the flaked sail to the boom.
A new topping lift will be supplied with the new mainsail. The new
topping lift will include clamps that correctly position the vertical flaking lines,
The Dutchman system was invented by Martin van Breems in the 1930's. It works like a window blind--when you pull up the window blind the pleats neatly stack. This system works the same way but it is upside down compared to a window blind.