What does "Flake" mean?

Today it means: To lay out rope, chain or sail in a zig zag fashion.

When the sail is brought down it is common practice to flake it across the boom so that it lies flat and the leech forms a zig zag pattern. This keeps the sail tidy and easier to handle and tie down. Chains and warps can also be laid out on deck in a zig zag for inspection and this is also known as flaking.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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