Additional Sail Features and Options
Among the many features and systems that we offer that complement or otherwise work with our sails in a unique and important way is the well known Dutchman Sail Flaking System. Neil Pryde was perhaps one the earliest users of this system, going back to the early 1980's and as you can imagine have supplied many sails with this product built into our mainsails with great, great success.
Dutchman Sail Flaking System
The Dutchman Sail Flaking System uses vertical control lines laced through fairleads in the sail. The lines are attached to the topping lift and at the base of the sail and don't move. The sail slides up and down on the lines like a Roman shade. As you drop the sail, the lines guide the main down to alternate sides of the boom. With a few seconds straightening, and you're done. One person can perfectly flake pretty much any size sail in under 20 seconds. Many owners don't even bother with sail ties.
We work directly with Dutchman to establish the correct layout for the system in relationship to battens, reefs, spreader location and sail slides. This ensures that when we assemble the sail, the system works smoothly out of the bag. Final installation then is easy and straight forward.
The Dutchman can be priced by your local Neil Pryde Agent who will determine the correct system required for your boat based on you rig measurements and topping lift system.