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post #2 of Old 12-08-2008
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Originally Posted by SpeedAgent View Post

I have recently purchased a '77 Catalina 27' and I am in the process of doing standard maintenance and caring for it during the winter months. I have done a lot of deck sealing just this weekend and my next concern is stowing the foresail and possibly the Harken roller furling.

First question is - how do I remove the foresail? I don't yet know how to sail and have not been tought how to use the rigging on my boat, but I don't want to leave the sail out all winter long if I don't have to. The sail is on a Harken MKIII roller furling and I would also like advice on what to cover this with to keep it out of the elements.
Lower the halyard, and pull the sail down. The luff should have a wire "bolt rope" that is fed into the foil on the Harken furler. Unclip the tack and head of the sail from the furler and halyard swivel, untie the sheets from the clew, and flake it.

Second questions - can sails be cleaned at home or should they only be cleaned by professionals?
Yes, there have been about a half-dozen threads on this in the last two months... use google to search for them. The in-house search function is very basic and usually blows chunks. BTW, you really should read the POST in my signature, since it has information on how to search sailnet's forums using google among other things and was written for N00bs to help them get more out of sailnet.

Third question - is there a solvent you can use on the metal deck plates to clean them of old sealant? I have both a white and a clear sealant that I am trying to remove on most of the plates.

Thanks in advance for the advice and instruction,

Depends on the sealant...but in most cases no, you need to use a razor in most cases.


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