A retrofitable system that solves mainsail handling problems once and for all. With SailCase, your existing boom is mounted low on the mast, as on “open” ocean racing yachts with a reverse vang. This provides space above the boom for the sail to collect in a special cover and makes it easy to reach. The top edge of the cover terminates in an upper boom which incorporates an advanced single line reefing system. Simply raise the main to get underway—no zippers or covers to undo. When you are done, release the vang and mainsheet, tension the topping lift, drop your main. It’s an Open and Shut case!
SailCase is produced by Dutchmar, the creators and manufacturers of the Dutchman Sail Flaking System.
At Dutchmar, we focus on innovative yet practical, seamanlike solutions to sail handling. SailCase starts with our Dutchman Flaking System, a modern form of lazy jacks. By weaving the lines through the sail, Dutchman Flaking System flakes the sail as it is lowered, rather than collecting the sail in a pile. It does not catch the sail is it’s lowered and there is no need to head into the wind. SailCase uses the Dutchman Flaking System to collect the sail since it is essential for the sail to be neatly flaked to fit into the tall, thin cover that sits atop the boom. We also recommend a low friction track system, such as the Dutchman UHMW track. Other tracks can also be used, but consider our track recommendations for a perfect solution.
SailCase M is a molded custom carbon boom for the sleekest appearance possible. It incorporates a conventional tension style vang.
All the existing jiffy, slab, or single line reefing systems result in the sail piling up on the boom where the reef lines are entering or exiting. The pile of sailcloth sitting on the boom often jams the reef lines and almost always makes pulling in the reef lines far more difficult. SailCase runs the reef lines in the upper booms (which are typically positioned about where your boom previously was). The sail drops into the enclosure, below the reef lines, which make the reef lines far easier to pull in and out.
The upper booms hold the cover snug, so it’s never flapping in the breeze. The cover is also far lower than with lazy bag systems, making the cover visually less imposing. The neatly flaked sail also makes for a more compact package, all of which combine for a more attractive system.
Easier to Use
Lazy Jacks based systems catch the sail as it’s raised and lowered and do not properly flake the sail, shortening it’s life. Furling booms are compact, but suffer from considerable complexity and large amounts of friction inherent in any luffed sail. Add full battens, and it’s almost impossible to raise them without an electric winch. What’s worse, is that the days of sailing up to a mooring and dropping the main are gone with a furling boom. Dropping the sail requires careful attention to forward luff tape position which is difficult to monitor at night or when offshore in a blow, and of course, there is still a lot of friction when you have to drop the sail.
It’s even easier than a conventional Dutchman Flaking System since the sail can no longer slide off the boom. Also, you’ll love having the sail easy to reach at waist level for most boats.
Easier reefing while being able to remotely raise, reef or lower the sail is key to making sailing safer and a lot more fun. Another advantage is the end of the boom is somewhat elevated, getting it out of the cockpit without reducing sail area.