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Old 15-08-2016, 17:16   #16
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Re: Dropping the main into stack pack - always some remains up.

After the first few drops of the season and some lubrication/cleaning, mine screams all the way down into the stack pack, with usually just a small amount of head left to pull down. Very handy if single/short handing.

I flake my main halyard ahead of time so that it will run free, hold tension on winch, pop clutch, then throw off the winch.

On boats up to about 40' you can get away with this. Bigger boats generate a LOT of force and can break stuff, better to be more gentle with them.
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Old 15-08-2016, 17:38   #17
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Re: Dropping the main into stack pack - always some remains up.

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On our stack pack there is a zipper to close it ,worked great ,except for the rain water collects and then runs down and has made the sail dirty. I wish I had some advanced knowledge to prevent this from happening . So that's my two bits for something to watch out for .
You can replace your zipper with a waterproof zipper to prevent this.
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Re: Dropping the main into stack pack - always some remains up.

What we do with the stack pack, is the main will not slide all the way down, so I take a boat hook and pull the sail slugs down and the luff of main folds nicely into the stack pack.

I flake the rest of the main down into the stack pack, no part of the sail or battens are sticking out. Looks all ship shape and squared away.

Very easy.

The main halyard runs into the cockpit, and Erica gives me slack, and the halyard is under control. Then I will tie the main halyard off and away from the mast to keep it from slapping and banging .
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Re: Dropping the main into stack pack - always some remains up.

That is one of the problems with the stack pack. The other problem is that even if it works properly, the stack pack itself presents a hell of a lot of "sail area" in hurricane or even gale force winds. Like in-mast/bom furling, and roller-fouling headsails, it fails dangerous rather than "fail-safe". And, at sea, everything, sooner or later, fails. These sail handling crutches are, therefore, unseamanlike abortions
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