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It's on page 1034, 1123 and 1789 of Tolstoy's War and Peace and Sailboats. You should know that.
Whilst you are searching for it, I will tell you.
Taking a foresail down is an absolute gift, and it will take about 2 minutes if dry, and about 10 if wet (and not raining). You simply unfurl the sail and let it dry for a wee while. It does not take too long. Now send a man to the bow to stop it falling into the drink, and lower the foresail by loosening the foresail halyard. As the sail falls, the man at the bow catches it then you both stuff it into a sailbag. You then take the sailbag home to your garden and fold the sail a bit better. If it has been raining, dry it in your front room for a day or two first (no wife around).
The Harken will look after itself all winter. Don't try to take it down unless you have to. It is easy to bend the "foils" and they are expensive. You will also have to disturb the forestay and leave the mast wobbling about. Just leave it
Second question : I just scrub them with a big brush and some mild detergent. Laundering sails is very expensive. I don't bother with that one.
Third question : If acetone won't shift it, in my experience nothing will.
Last edited by Rockter; 12-08-2008 at 02:01 PM.