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Re: Another new sail question/rant

Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post

Laminate sails require more care, which means no "late breaks" when tacking overlapping headsails, flake or roll them, put them away dry, and don't let them sit in the sun when not in use. NEVER furl them. I don't care if it's a "furling" J105 class jib. Furling is bad. The sport boats guys know this, accept it, and just replace the jib on a more frequent basis.
why is furling them a bad thing? if you are referring to sailing with a partially furled sail i would agree. the fact that they are rolled a little tighter then when hand rolled may have an effect on some types of fibers like carbon but my laminate panel sails have held up much better since being furled. can't see how the abuse of sails being handled on the foredeck to be raised and lowered is better for them then keeping them rolled on a furler with a cover over them.
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