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Old 05-24-2014
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UV protection for sails?

I have no idea what a sail in good condition looks like. I can say none of the
stitching is frayed and there are no holes in it. The car loops are good, and the
holes for these(what's their name?) are not tearing out.

That leaves the sail itself. So I was wondering if I need to spray it for UV protection at times, or use some other method of application.?

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Re: UV protection for sails?

The other thing that is important is what the shape is like. As a sail gets used it stretches so that the area of maximum draft (curvature) moves aft from where it should it. You can't tell whether this has happened without tensioning the corners of the sail and knowing what to look for.

No need to spray the sail with anything. Protect it physically from the sun when it is not in use. This means a cover for a mainsail, a bag for a sail you take off, and a sun protection strip on a furling sailed (often these are a coloured material but they call also be sacrificial layer of white sailcloth.
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