QUAN­TUM SAILS CRUIS­ING TIPS

TAMING THE MAINSAIL: FIND­ING THE BEST HAN­DLING SYS­TEM

Cruising World - - Underway - By David Flynn

As main­sails get larger, the strug­gle to raise, lower, reef, flake and cover them be­comes more and more of a bat­tle. Here’s a look at some sail han­dling op­tions to help you tame your mainsail.

LAZY JACKS

The eas­i­est way to con­tain the sail as it drops is with lazy jacks. Flak­ing and putting a cover on is still a chore, but the lazy jacks will keep the sail un­der con­trol un­til this is con­ve­nient.

IN­TE­GRATED SAIL COV­ERS

As boats get big­ger, sim­ple lazy jacks may not be enough. The next step in sim­pli­fy­ing the process is to in­te­grate a sail cover with the lazy jacks. The sail just piles up in­side the cover.

DUTCH­MAN SYS­TEM

The Dutch­man is ba­si­cally a se­ries of con­trol lines that are in­te­grated into the sail. As the sail comes down it is not only con­tained, but also will flake it­self to some ex­tent. This sys­tem works well on small to medium size boats.

IN-MAST FURLING

In-mast furling is prob­a­bly the eas­i­est and most re­li­able sys­tem. It does re­quire com­pro­mises to both the size and shape of the sail, but you can’t beat the ease and safety of op­er­a­tion.

IN-BOOM FURLING

The beauty of in-boom furling is not just in never-leave-the-cock­pit ease of han­dling, but in the sail it­self. A full batten struc­ture is used which al­lows the de­signer to create a full-sized sail. This pro­vides the ultimate bal­ance be­tween no-com­pro­mise per­for­mance and ease of use.

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