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Re: Proper Sail Upkeep

Also part of the storage process should be an inspection of seams, threads and attachments.

We take our sails home every winter where my wife hgoes over them slly with a fine tooth comb along all the seams ans chacks on the stitching. We do have a sailrite machine, but before we did, some of the inor thread repair I am sure save us major problems later on.

Also cheack the obvious attcahemnts, clue, headboard, leech lines and cams etc. An ounce of preventionj in the winter can save an expensive repair in season.

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Re: Proper Sail Upkeep

I must be missing something in my techniques. How does one roll a sail without creasing it (unless you can handle a roll the length of the whole foot of the sail)? I have always folded the sail at least twice lengthwise (top to bottom) to get it to a size that can be rolled and handled by one person. It seems that this puts just about as many linear feet of creases into the fabric as Z-folding or any other storage short of hanging the unrolled sail from a rafter. One advantage of Z-folding is that you can change the place the creases are created each year just by changing the place you make the first fold. Folding for rolling seems to require the creases to be in about the same place every time.
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Re: Proper Sail Upkeep

Easiest method is combined I think

I flake (accordian) from the foot to the headboard ( main) top clew ( jib), then just roll from one end to the other. When I didnt have a furler it was easy to do this on a gunwhale while cruising in and roll it into the bag befopre we hot the dock. Main sail is normally flaked and stored on the boom with sailcover most of the season so memory folds are there now.
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Re: Proper Sail Upkeep

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I shouldn't have said flexible. I just meant that the material is not dried out and crackly.
I can't think of any sail cloth that would go "dried out and crackly" when old! Are your sails leather or something? when modern sail cloth is new is is very crinkly and stiff. As it ages it gets softer and more flexible. Essentially the quieter a sail is the more worn it is!

I always flake my sails from the foot, and then "brick" them from the clew to the tack. Bricking is starting with a fold the width of the bag, and then rolling that fold over and over. Kind of a fold and a roll at the same time.

When I flake I like to have it luff justified because when you want to hoist it you just have to unroll the flake and the entire luff will be laying neatly under the feeder ready to run smoothly.

The only sails I roll are small laminate jibs, laminate racing mains, and full batten mains. Rolled sails are a pain to store!

I don't wash my sails; I prefer to keep them clean. I never store my headsail on the furler, (except for when I am cruising of course!) and I always keep my main covered. And I NEVER put away sails wet for any length of time. I will dry them out at the earliest opportunity! Mildew on sails is shameful!
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CalebD, you mention mice. Do you hang the sailbags from the ceiling, or what do you do to keep the mice away?
A bit of peppermint oil dabbed onto a 'cotton ball' and put into the 'opening' of a sailbag before closing will deter mice. Mice and most other rodents HATE peppermint oil, ... oil of cloves too but not to the 'efficacy' of peppermint oil.
I use in my barn anywhere near 'grain, etc. storage', drop ceilings, ... sails too.
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