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post #31 of 36 Old 12-28-2009
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I would not ever consider leaving sails up for winter or for any period exceeding the time for which I could predict there to be no violent storms. Go to YouTube and search for marina and boat storm damage following hurricanes. Most heavy boat and marina damage happens where people left sails on the jib furlers. They become at least partially unfurled and cause the ruin of the docks, anchorage, other boats. Our Camper & Nicholson 58 was acquired following exactly such an event at the previous owner's private dock in Ft Lauderdale. Before the two roler furled jibs exploded, the load on the dock lines tore the ears from the metal cleats on the dock. The boat T-Boned a sea wall and careened down the canal taking out docks and pilings.

All good advice above: remove sails from the boat. Store in a clean dry place (not inside the boat). Removing the halyards is good but if you don't want to go that far just fasten runners to the shackles and hoist the shackle to the mast head. Cover the halyerd coil away from the sun.

This is the first winter we are storing with the mast up (keel stepped). We also added a proper winter cover. Water has a way of finding our halyard slots and the openings at the mast head. It runs down the inside of the mast and to the bilge. A major three-day rain may result in 15 to 20 gallons in the bilge. Many of my yard mates remove mast head instruments (also a good idea) and cover the mast head with a heavy duty trash bag to minimize water entry. Once the winter cover was on, I have noticed a large amount of condensation on the upper surfaces inside of the cabin so I took steps to let the cabin breathe. The new cover is above the bimini so we left the main hatch open and cracked open several of the hatches. Most floor boards are propped up. This seems to have dropped the RH inside so that it is not wet. We are stored in a reasonably safe yard so I'm not too worried. Also, we remove anything with an LCD on it so all electronics winter in the basement.
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Re: Winterizing furling jib

Thank you. We did what you said, and shook it to death. When we raised the jib the following spring, we noticed the furling hardware would separate, and the jib would get stuck. We waited until the wind blew the jib to the opposite side, which was port, and then pulled it up as fast as we could to the next connection of the furling hardware.
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Removing the halyards is good but if you don't want to go that far just fasten runners to the shackles and hoist the shackle to the mast head. Cover the halyerd coil away from the sun.
Is the idea here to just keep as much of the halyard out of the elements as possible?

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It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
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Re: Winterizing furling jib

Is it a bad idea to leave the furing main on & in the mast thru the winter?
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Is it a bad idea to leave the furing main on & in the mast thru the winter?
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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.
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