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Re: Winterizing furling jib
No in mast furling but do have jib furling. All sails come off the boat for the winter.
They get washed and gone over for any damage that happened during the summer so I have no surprises next season.
At the end of the season you really should wash the sails, the dirt is abrasive and will reduce the life of the sails. Plus it's nice to look up at clean sails with no spider or bird droppings or whatever.
I'm lucky that I have the room but almost everything comes off my boat right down to the toilet paper, all electronics, rudder etc comes home. Cockpit and cabin cushions all canvas gets washed for next year.
All interior lockers and hatches stay open for the winter so I get some airflow.
I drop my mast, halyards come off, stays come off and get coiled and labeled. Boom comes home..
Even all my running rigging gets washed at a laundrymat in a front loading washer with Woolite.
I wash my sails in a 45 gallon plastic barrell with Oxy-Clean. Peroxide based non detergent cleaner. There is an actual sail cleaning product out there that costs twice as much but has the same ingredients, same suggested wash proceure. Wet job that always entertains the neighbourhood kids.....
I just hauled out yesterday so all the fun began yesterday.
Oh ya I keep the furler on deck for the winter under the tarps, comes off in one piece when I remove the forestay.