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Old 29-03-2014, 19:10   #1
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Mainsail Flaking Systems

Just looking for some input on mainsail flaking systems. The boat we bought currently has DUTCHMAN flaking system on it, it works OK but not as well as I had hoped, but may also need adjustment.
We have to replace the main in the near future and I'm looking for opinions on the different flaking systems and how satisfied people are with them before plunking down my hard earned dollars on a new sail and system.
What works for you? What are the pros and cons?
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Old 29-03-2014, 19:54   #2
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Re: Mainsail Flaking Systems

Dutchman is a good set up. Currently I have stack pack which also has its down side. The stack pack lazy jacks have a hard time with getting the aft sail into the envelope. With a stiff new sail this probably would not be such a issue. Just a guess the Dutch man is folding out at the boom end. I think the zip up on the cover is a big plus


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Old 29-03-2014, 19:58   #3
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Re: Mainsail Flaking Systems

Most older Dutchman systems I've used have needed some repairs/adjustments. Work pretty well when all is just right.

"Stack Packs" (several brands or custom) are a popular option. Simple to construct, install and use. No sail mods necessary (versus minor mods for Dutchman). Can be built, and repaired, with off the shelf parts (no proprietary stuff) so practical for crusing.

I've been running one for 14 years now.
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Re: Mainsail Flaking Systems

Dutchmen are great when they are properly adjusted and fitted. Once they are set up right you never need to touch them, but getting them set is pretty finicky. I have done a few, and every time we wound up calling the sailmaker out to fix our attempts.

Stackpacks and other similar systems are easier to get set up, and in my experience work pretty forever. But like any lazy jack system do take a bit of fiddling when you raise and lower the sail.
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