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Re: How do you fold sails on deck?

If you are having trouble folding sail to fit in a regular bag you will find that a sausage bag even more frustrating due to its much narrower shape. Do you have two people to flake or only one? It is easier with two. Try to get your genoa to “flake” as you first drop it on the weather deck. This doesn’t have to be neat. Then, flip the sail over onto the coach roof exposing the first fold. This will be tricky with an overlapping headsail and you will have to figure out what works best on your boat – for example, it is much easier to fold sails on the deck of a CAL 40 than a Catalina 34). With the first fold exposed, re-flake the rest using the proper widths of the folds. If you are using a sausage bag, lay it out, unzipped, before you start the initial drop. And with a sausage bag, you will want to flake along the luff, so the luff tapes are stacked on top of each other rather than the normal flake parallel to the foot. On the race boat, we do a lot of headsail changes (from sausage bags). Remember to keep the toe attached and tie down the bag so they don’t get washed overboard. We only lash a headsail along the lifelines temporarily. We fold the sausage bag into thirds and lash to the coach roof. The first time you get a boarding wave with it lashed to the lifelines and you will understand why we do it on the coach roof.
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