According to Martin van Breems, “We’re sailing larger boats with fewer crew. Dragging out the cover and climbing up the mast to put it on has very limited appeal. Even I’m getting older!”
Our new SailCase allows a user to drop, flake, and store the main in a few seconds, all from the cockpit. Essentially, the space between the normal vang and boom position is used for storing the sail, so it’s no longer piled high on top of the boom. The tack and clew positions of the main remain the same.
The yacht’s existing boom is moved down to about where the vang normally is-close to the deck as on Open style racing yachts. A hinged upper boom is secured about where the boom formerly was.
The upper booms are the conduit and exit point for the reef lines. Finally, the upper booms secure the sailcover, allowing it to be opened as the sail is lowered and closed tightly when reefed or when the sail is completely down simply by tensioning a simple reverse vang.
It’s an open and shut case!
Compared to other options, SailCase offers numerous advantages:
a. Easy to Reach It’s a real pleasure to have most of the sail stored at chest height, instead of 6-8′ off the deck, making it easy to inspect and work on.
b. Easier to Raise and Lower Because the system can use any low friction track system, the sail is super easy and fast to raise and lower. A SailCase main can be dropped and covered in seconds, as fast or faster than with any other furling option.
c. No Effect on Performance There are no restrictions on roach, luff curve, or broadseaming, allowing your sailmaker to design and build the perfect sail for your boat and your conditions, not the perfect sail for your furling system.
d. Easier Reefing Because the reef lines run from the upper boom with the sail stored below, there are no more chafe, jamming or friction issues as common with conventional reefing systems.
e. Improved Flaking One of the surprises to us was that the Dutchman works even better with this boom, as the sail naturally slides into the V formed by the boom sides, instead of sliding off the boom.