It’s time to ease up main sail handling by changing to sliders. The mast in down an about to be painted, Seascape has delivered the required extensions and the main sail is already in Flensburg.
April 2014, the first month with the new boat, we seriously considered changing to sliders already, after a heavy gust blew the luff overboard into the water while lowering the main. I wrote about our struggles with not having sliders in May – by the time we hoped it’s just about practice. We improved the handling a lot but only to a level where we still tried to avoid hoisting the main sail if not absolutely necessary.
By the time I wrote the Seascape 27 review, I was sure to change it; despite Andraž recommendation of a simple lazy bag / jag system.
The downside of sliders is a slight loss in performance, as there are gaps between the luff and the mast. Maybe an issue for the professional racing division. I don’t think I’ll ever see that effect.
My arguments for sliders vs. lazy bags / jags:
Seascape only responded that the process is not irreversible. So I guess my arguments are somewhat right at least.
The required changes are relatively easy.
So much looking forward to it! Taking the main down should be a matter of seconds now, not 1 – 1.5 nautical miles. Nobody required at the mast to pitch the welt into the nut; No sail covering the engine compartment / entire cockpit; Overall more sailing / less engine usage! And that’s why we are sailors, right?