MultiHulls World, the essentials for catamarans and trimarans
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Easy maneuvers on a catamaran : HOISTING THE SAILS

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Put the boat head to wind

Put the boat head to wind

It’s time to go… Begin by putting the boat head to wind (using the wind indicator to help you), and keep it there with your engines.
Prepare the mainsail

Prepare the mainsail

You must then prepare the mainsail for hoisting. You must open the easy-bag and make sure everything is clear, to ensure the mainsail will pass easily between the lazy-jacks.
free the reefing lines and the sheet

free the reefing lines and the sheet

Remember to free the reefing lines and the sheet.
Hoist the mainsail by hand

Hoist the mainsail by hand

Begin by hoisting the mainsail by hand…
Use the winch

Use the winch

…then, when it becomes too difficult, with the winch. Be careful not to force too much as a winch’s power is sometimes… impressive !
using the windlass

using the windlass

You can also use the windlass instead of an electric winch. It is easy, but be careful not to damage anything; the windlass is very powerful… The mainsail is now hoisted; you can let it fill and start sailing…
The main halyard must now be coiled correctly

The main halyard must now be coiled correctly

The main halyard must now be coiled correctly, so the mainsail can be lowered quickly if necessary.
The roller reefing genoa

The roller reefing genoa

It is now the turn of the roller reefing genoa. Begin, as always, by ensuring that both genoa sheets as well as the reefing line are free to run.
Be carefull in case of wind

Be carefull in case of wind

If there is a lot of wind, a crew member can take a turn round a winch with the reefing line, so that the genoa does not unroll all at once. In light breezes, it can be held in the hand.
Sheet in the genoa

Sheet in the genoa

Once the required area is unrolled, all that remains is to sheet in the genoa…
… And you’re off !

… And you’re off !

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