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Subject: Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration

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Date Posted: 22/04/06 14:07:09
In reply to: Gary Rowitt 's message, "Re: Trapper 501 Mainsail Configuration" on 21/04/06 19:30:56

I've been out in a motorboat in the Med in a full gale and I can confirm the waves are particularly vicious. Nasty shortish things.

However I don't think the system is best suited to single handed sailing whatever technique you use.

the idea of keeping the boom paraleel to the deck is the answer though, whenever we got it wrong the boom dropped and we found it was best to do it again.

It is infinitely variable, which is a plus, most slab reefing systems never allow enough options to my mound and coul always do with an extra reefing position.

Done with enough control (which means an extra set of hands) it involves less flapping of canvas than slab reefing, the sail is always fully attached and there is no subsequent restraining of loose cloth to deal with.

When we had a new main made I ordered it as suitable for both slab and roller, so it was fitted wiith the appropriate cringles for 3 reefs but also with batten pockets parallel to the boom for rolling.

My aim was to fit slab reefing at some point in the future to make it easier for my father in law to do on his own but the boat was sold before I got around to it.

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