Lowering Main While Sailing Downwind

Hello Everybody! I own a Hallberg Rassy 352 located in the Med, and I’d like to pose a question: Do you know a working solution to lower the main while sailing downwind? My sail has plastic tracks inside the mast. Fair Winds, Gennaro

Hi Gennaro: The best system is to have a "tag" line to the headboard of the mainsail. You can then pull this line down with a winch to force the main down. If you are just reefing, use a long luff tensioner to your reef tack point (or points) and winch this line down. Regards–Steve

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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