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post #13 of Old 12-02-2012
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Re: How do you fold sails on deck?

My sausage bag is a little longer than one third of the foot of the genoa. The sausage bag is designed so that when setting the sail you can affix the tack, the halyard, and the sheets while the bag is zipped closed. So when folding the sail into the sausage bag you need to be mindful that these three points will be accessible. Folding the sai into the bag is a two person task. As suggested above tie the forward end of the opened sausage bag to the stem fitting before you start to drop the sail and lay the open bag aft, checking to see that there are not twists. The person at the tack should ease the halyard while folding 16*18" pleats along the luff. The second person following the lead of the person at the tack folds pleats starting at the clew and moving forward as necessary until the entire sail is folded on the deck. Then the aft person goes two-thirds the way aft, gathers the sail at this point, and bring the two-thirds aft point forward to the tack. Then zip the bag closed. The tack will be at the front of the bag, the clew at the aft end of the bag, and the head will protrude from an aperture one or two feet aft of the tack. Disconnect the halyard, sheets, and tack fitting. If you wish, you can fold the bagged sail into a brick and secure the brick shape with the webbing straps on the outside of the bag.
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