Swedish Fish – Clay's Sailing Blog

Sailing blog of Clay Watson

Sail Pack

I really didn’t see how not having a sail pack was a reasonable way to cruise a boat. Every time you lower the main, the sail is all over the cockpit, including all over the helmsman. Then it takes two people to wrestle it back atop the boom, flake it, and lash it down. But the work’s not over! Now you have to sort out the sail cover and put it on. This tedious ritual is repeated every time you douse the main. That’s unacceptable when there are better alternatives.

For me, the answer is a sail pack, aka “Mack Pack,” aka “stack pack,” aka “snack pack.”  No, I made up that last one. 🙂

Anyway I had one made (from the Sailrite kit) and it’s everything I expected – a world of improvement. Thanks so much to Helena for sewing it. Now the sail just drops into it’s “taco,” we pull the zipper, and viola! Done, and you’re ready to think about something else. The work in putting away the main is slashed to a fraction of what it formerly was. Yay!

Sailpack underway. Later adjustments gave a better fit.

Sailpack underway. Later adjustments gave a better fit. The long boom on Swedish Fish allows it to reach beyond the aft end of the bimini.

Full battens in the main help tame it inside the lazy jacks, and into the sailpack.

Full battens in the main help tame it inside the lazy jacks, and into the sailpack.

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