Sails - high quality, great priced cruising sails and racing sails from the trusted sailmakers at Scott Sailmakers. We make the highest quality cruising mainsail, genoa, spinnakers and racing sails.



 





Main Handling...

The most sought after item in every sailors wish list is an effective way of controlling the main. The genoa, which was tamed by the advent of the over the headstay furling system has become a docile friend and a very manageable sail. The main however has yet to be tamed with a good inexpensive system.

This brings us to an examination of the options available in the mainhandling market today. There are two types of systems, the furling system either behind the mast or in the mast, and the flaking system using lazy jacks or the Dutchman system.

The furling systems are the most like the genoa system which offers maximum ease of handling. The draw back to this system is the size and shape of the main it produces and the possibility of it becoming jammed halfway out. The other possible draw back to the furling system is the large initial expense necessary to install it on your boat.

The flaking system's have several advantages. The first being a better shaped main with a full roach and second the relative ease of installation and low price. A drawback to the flaking system is the main still needs to have a cover put on to protect it from the suns U.V.

We feel that given the positives and the negatives of each system the flaking system is the way to go. The added performance from a well shaped sail with battens and relatively low cost of installation win out over the ease of operation of the furling system.

We have worked with both systems and found the Dutchman to be the better choice as it has fewer lines aloft to foul in the battens when hoisting and when dropped a neater and easier package to put your cover over.





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Sails - high quality, great priced cruising sails and racing sails from the trusted sailmakers at Scott Sailmakers. We make the highest quality cruising mainsail, genoa, spinnakers and racing sails.