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Winter sail storage?

I have my P-15 sails dried, folded, and stored in their sail bags for the winter. They're in an unheated garage in Pa (lows 5, highs 20s).

Is this ok until May, or will cold hurt them? Or several months of being folded?

I figure if anything, cold will inhibit any mildew or other things that want to grow.
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The cold won't hurt them. I'd be concerned about the potential of mice nesting in them. Several friends who stored their sails in their garages over the winter found in the Spring that mice had gnawed patches of the sails to make nesting material.

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If there is a vinyl window, DO NOT MOVE THEM while they are cold. The window will snap.

Other than that, no worries other than mice and wasps and mildew.

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The relatively North Sails for my O'day 35 are in their bags, neatly folded, in the loft of my garage.

They were a little dirty when I put them away from their treatment by the PO. I plan to take them down in the spring - if it ever comes (What is up with this winter?) - inspect, wash and dry them on the lawn.
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Mine are in the garage, sailbags hanging from the center of the rafters from the pull cords to stop mice from getting in. The cold and relatively brief amount of time they stay folded won't hurt them.. (except if you have vinyl windows, but pdqaltair addressed that)

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thanks all.
I'll check for mice, but sounds like I'm ok with the cold.
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We store ours in the attic along with all the running rigging, ground tackle, cushions, life jackets, sail covers, 2 kayaks, and a dinghy. Crowded attic.

The boat gets stripped bare in winter and every drawer, cabinet, water tank, and bilge is left open. Keeps the mustiness down.

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One word - extra bedroom! We bring all our sails and upholstered items inside. Each of your sails will probably fit into a large plastic tote. No mice, no spills, no nuthin'!
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winter cover

I store all my sails in my garage loft, along with most of the bedding, dodger, sailcover, bimini, and haven't had any problems with mice yet, maybe its because I have mouse poison on the first floor. With my boat cover all the cushins placed on ends and the V berth cushins on 2x4's to allow air to cerculate, everythig is nice and dry. The cover was my best buy.
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