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Ralph and Sandra Weiland

Back in June I promised to post a couple of pictures of the flaking system I use. Today I remembered the camera (9 months later). The system is called a Lazy Mate and I think was developed by/for the Catalina about 20 or 30 years ago. Here are three photos. The first shows the parachute cord lines running from the luff through a ring on the topping lift and back to the main one grommet lower. Lines near the head are very much longer than lines near the foot. Photo 2 shows the sail handler pulling down the rings during flaking and photo 3 shows the sail flaked but before sail ties are applied. I like the system a lot as it circumvents the struggle with handling the main collapsed onto the deck. Never had anything hang up either.
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