Originally Posted by tenuki
3 basic ways:
3) 'bunch and tie' - I wasn't aware of this method until I moved into my new slip and took a look at the guy next to me. The sail cover was off and it looked like he just sort of took some bungie cords and wrapped them randomly about his doused main, hooking them nilly willy to different stuff. It sort of looks like my wife's hair right after she wakes up. I would not recommend this method, nor leaving a main uncovered all winter for birds to poop on and weird green stuff to grow on. I'll have to ask my boat slip neighbor why he chooses this method over the two above.
This is the only method that I have found that works with my main. I have a full batten, loose footed main. I flake the sail best I can and then bunch and tie to control it so it is small enough to fit under my sail cover.