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Ralph and Sandra Weiland

What's needed to make this un-named system work is for you to lash the boom to the gallows and then pull down on each ring as you lower the sail. This stretches out the sail a flake at a time so it drops neatly on the boom. If you hold the rings at the bottom of the topping lift during the flaking precedure, the sail is fairly tight lengthwise along the boom so it's physically impossible for it to fall off. The grommets don't have to be reinforced (mine aren't) as there is very little force on the sail just from stretching it out along the boom. One person can flake the sail by running the halyard down with one hand and pulling the rings down with the other. The cost is for 100' of cord (parachute cord in my case), about a dozen or so large beads that you can get at Hobby Lobby or other craft store, an equal number of grommets and half that number of stainless O-rings. Cost? Maybe $25 plus the cost of the rings. I agree that the Dutchman system is pretty expensive for what it is. Lazy jacks have a tendancy to catch the sail during hoisting. I guess there's no perfect system. If you like, I'll try taking a couple of pictures next trip out, showing the system when sailing and when dropping the main. Might give you a better idea of how it works and how there is no sail contact to cause wear.

Ralph

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