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Re: how to remove furling head/genoa sail

Depending upon the size of the boat, a trick that can make your life a bit easier is to ease the sail out a few feet, remove one of the sheets (not both) and begin rolling the sail into itself toward the foil. a couple of rolls at a time as you ease more of the sail out. Done right, you'll end up with the sail completely rolled into itself with only the tape in the slot on the foil. Then release the tack and have a helper free the halyard. The sail will drop as you drag the bottom of the roll aft between the mast and the shrouds. With that you'll end up with the rolled sail on deck. You can then release the halyard, add a few ties along the length of the sail and accordion fold the sail over on itself starting at the bottom and bag the thing. I used to do this with the sails on our Cal 2-29 when we owned that boat and it seemed to make life easier.

FWIW...
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