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When storing sails for the winter, how often should they be "stiffened." I have a Catalina 25, only a main and genoa (both fairly new) and like to race once/week, otherwise it's a daysailer.
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stiffen sails - how often?

Stiffened? Not sure what that is, I'll be interested to hear.

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Re: stiffen sails - how often?

Sails (I am told) get "stiiffened" by impregnating them with a plastic polymer. This gives several years more of useful life to older floppies.
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Re: stiffen sails - how often?

Never heard of that.
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Re: stiffen sails - how often?

are you referring to Novosail or http://www.holmenkol.com/fileadmin/u...ser_manual.pdf
I have heard of them but have not used as I don't have any Dacron sails

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Re: stiffen sails - how often?

I've heard of people doing it but never met anyone who has done it.
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Re: stiffen sails - how often?

It's certainly not a "scam" per se, but I have never seen a good ROI posted on that process in thirty years. Might make 'em look crispier for a short time, but it's the breakdown in the cloth that hurts them.
If the cloth still passes inspection, have the sails recut. I have done that on a couple of boats and it really made a good difference in adding back performance and reducing heel.

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Ah. You're referring to what Sailcare does.

We've had two dacron sails refurbished by them and they come out stiff and clean. The process strips off the impregnating resin, cleans the sail and re-resins the sail. BUT the process will NOT change the shape of the sail or eliminate any stretch that's occurred. And it only works for Dacron. The process DOES stabilize a sail in whatever shape it's in. So for that purpose, it's good, but you're not getting a new sail.

Bottom line: if a sail is out of shape and a sailmaker can't recut it, get a new sail. If it still has shape, hose it off, dry, and fold for the winter. Stripping resin from a sail that has good shape is not a good idea. I would not use the process again, I'd get a new sail.
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Sails (I am told) get "stiiffened" by impregnating them with a plastic polymer. This gives several years more of useful life to older floppies.
Or you could soak 'em in a Viagra solution.
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Or you could soak 'em in a Viagra solution.
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