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  • Butterfly: sail uncleats

    My 13 year old has recently acquired a used (but rickety) Butterfly which he has sailed a couple of times. It seems that the main sail has a tendency to uncleat at the top, coming out of the track. This means he can’t lower the sail whilst on the lake. Would anyone happen to have advice? Sorry if this is not explained well. I’m just the mom and not a sailor.

  • #2
    Welcome aboard:

    Since the sailboat has probably been a little neglected over the years, look for two things: The braiding on the lead edge of the mainsail (the part that goes into the track on the mast) might be fraying or wearing out. If it's worn too much, it can slip out of the track and jam up on the mast.

    Also measure the track on the mast. See if it's the same width at the bottom as it is at the top. It might be that the track has been bent and that's causing trouble.

    There are other possibilities too, just those are two easy ones to check.

    By chance has he taken a sailing course of any kind?


    • #3
      Thank you for this and I will look at all those things. He’s got his cansail 2 certificate. He sailed a Feva for that


      • #4
        Great. He's got some training (that's mainly for safety), and is familiar with boats. That's a fantastic first step.


        • #5
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          You were right about a bend in the track, how I did not notice before, I have no idea!