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Post: "Dutchman Type Main Flaking System"

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Ralph and Sandra Weiland


First a question: What's "cow hitching"?

The upper lines have to be quite long. Think of the sail already flaked on the boom... For the last flake in the sail, the line has to run from the top grommet, over to the last ring on the stack at the bottom of the topping lift, and then back to the next grommet down. If you make the line a wee bit shorter, then as you flake, you will have to pull the rings down the last foot or so, and this seems to provide enough tension on the cord plus sail to keep everything stretched out just right, and neatly flaked over the boom. Did this for the first time yesterday afternoon in almost no wind (although if you're heat-to-wind there should be no serious lateral forces) and the sail pretty much flaked itself. I was on the boom's outer end and a friend was at the mast --- he may have been coaxing a bit, I wasn't watching him. Hope to get out tomorrow or Thursday in 15 knots or so and will try it again. Will let you know the results.


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