Hoisting & Dousing Mainsail
I have to raise our mainsail away from the docks out on the lake, can't just tie up to dock and be aligned to wind. So wondering the best way to raise and douse the mainsail as far as which hole for the boom crutch, which side of boom allow the sail to unroll into the cockpit, and what you do with the rudder (tiller tender or swing free). I want to know the way for singlehanding as well as when have one crewmember. Last time, I was raising the main and it lifted out of the boomcrutch before fully raised and bumped my crew member on the knoggin. Also when lowering sail, do you let out enough halyard, then repaw the winch while you go assist the boom into the crutch.
These Scot beginner "How To Q's" are rather important to us....since no lazy jacks and no topping lift.
Thanks a bunch,