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You will find that easing the halyard slightly--but leaving the headstay taunt--before your furl will make furling easier. It is also wise to relieve the tension on the sail's luff while furled/stored to prevent the luff stretching due to "creep" in the sailcloth which will ultimately distort the sail.
Easing the headstay/backstay while the yacht is moored will tend to reduce wind induced oscillation in the stays.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."