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Sea Dog's Simple Main Sail Flaking Technique

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Do you wish it was easier to flake your mainsail? Check out this technique!

We purchased a new mainsail for our boat two years ago.  This is our third season with this new sail and we love it. Our sailmaker mentioned to me that one of his customers told him about a great way to make flaking the mainsail easier, quicker and repeatable.

Flake your mainsail and get it just the way you like it and would want it to be flaked each time you bring the mainsail down.  Take a permanent Red and Green marker and put a small mark on the leech of the sail using the red marker on the flakes folded to the port side and a small green mark on the flakes folded to the starboard side.  Do the same marking technique on the mainsail at the mast on the luff of the sail. Now that you have these red and green markings, it makes it easier to put those flakes on the proper side of the boat as the mainsail comes down each and every time. 

If you have different crew or guests on the boat, it is easy to give them instructions on how to help flake the mainsail as it comes down.


  1. Flake your mainsail just the way you like it
  2. Mark the leech and luff flakes with a small mark:
    1. On the Port side with a RED permanent marker
    2. On the Starboard side with a GREEN permanent marker
  3. Take a look at the pictures for clarification

Mainsail Leech Port Side Mainsail Leech Starboard Side

Mainsail Luff Port Side Mainsail Luff Starboard Side 

Now each time you bring the mainsail down, it will be easy to put the fold on the correct side and the crew helping you will get the leech and luff folds on the same side every time.  Easy and Quick! This is a great time-saving technique when putting the boat away after a sail.

Please comment on this blog below if you have other suggestions that you use on your boat to flake the mainsail or shoot me an email at Steve@seadogboatingsolutions.com

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