Originally Posted by sailingdog
Depends on whether you're storing the boat indoors or outside. If you're storing the boat outside, then taking the mast down is a good idea, so you can shrink wrap the hull properly.
Grins, sailingdog, if you're storing the boat inside, you'll probably also need to take down the mast unless you have a VERY tall barn ...
If you are shrink wrapping and can afford the space, remove the sails and store in garage. Depending on how fierce the winter will be, you may want to save the wear and tear on good sheets and halyards and replace them with sacrificial messengers. Also if you can, remove upholstered cushions. Shrink wrapping that's poorly vented (or that tears and lets some snow in during the winter) will lead to mold buildup.