Produced since 1986 with over 15,000 sold worldwide, Dutchmar is pleased to introduce the SailCase Boom, which combines a low friction UHMW track system, an advanced, new Dutchman Sail Flaking System, and a new Boom Brake in an advanced, self storing boom.
According to Martin van Breems, we’re sailing larger boats with fewer crew, and even I’m getting older! Climbing up the mast to put on the sailcover has a very limited appeal!”
Our new SailCase boom allows a user to drop, flake, and store the main in a few seconds, all from the cockpit. Only the main halyard needs to be pulled away from the mast and secured to finish the job at the mast.
The yachts existing boom is moved down to about where the vang normally is, close to the deck as on open racing yachts. An hinged upperboom is secured about where the boom formerly was, and includes an innovative upper gooseneck which the slides can pass by. Essentially, the space between the normal vang and boom position is used for storing the sail, so it no longer is piled high on top of the boom.
The upper booms also serves as the vang and are the conduit and exit point for the reef lines. Finally, the upper booms secure the sail cover, allowing it to be opened as the sail is lowered and closed tightly when reefed or the sail is completely down. It’s an open and shut case!
Compared to other option, the Sailcase offers numerous advantages
A. 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.
B. Fast and easy raising and lowering. Furling booms generate far more luff friction than other solutions requiring electric winches to get them up, and careful monitoring of the boom angle, with still lots of friction, to get them down. A SailCase main can be lowered and covered in seconds, as fast or faster than with any 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.