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thanks for the insight. I originally wanted to get them cleaned/inspected over the winter time anyway so I guess I will just watch the weather and wait for a windless day.

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Is it a horrible idea to leave them on the boat (rigged) during the entire winter?
Yes, very horrible idea.
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I am with everybody else take them off.
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Im another vote for removing. I am very surprised that the marina hauled the boat with the sails up. Even if you left them on, it would be a risk to all around you if they were torn free in a winter storm.
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Yards are full of boats laid up with their sails and canvas still on. After a few seasons the UV stitching is degraded and the sail is dead. Given what they cost and for how important they are to a boat, they really need a rest in the winter.

Our winterization process includes removal of all decorative canvas, sails, ground tackle, running rigging, cushions, life jackets, linens and of course, food. Drawers are opened and everything gets a good airing. Lines are washed in laundry detergent on a gentle cycle and dried. Having everything off the boat makes spring work so much easier.

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There's no problem with leaving your sails on the boat -- so long as they are in bags in the V-berth!

But seriously, I agree with what most other people have posted. You shorten the life of the sails and take chances with your boat if you leave them up.

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There's no problem with leaving your sails on the boat -- so long as they are in bags in the V-berth.....
That is exactly what I thought this thread was going to be about. Unfortunately, leaving them aboard has risks too. If mice decide to get cozy in there, maybe eat through a few flaked layers, and your sails are toast.

I left them aboard last year and worried all winter. Out for cleaning this year. Hope there's no mice in their building.


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I think it's better to have the sails on, mounted on the boat. But then I think the real problem is that your boat is on the hard.

We went for a great sail today. HugoSalt and I met out in Port Washington bay to take pictures of each other's boats.

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Would you leave a $2000 outboard sitting out in the weather all winter?

Why would you leave $2000+ worth of sails sitting out? They are afterall the main motor for sail boat.

I don't even leave my sails on the boat during the summer months if I am going to be away for more than a day or two.

My boat stays in the water all year round (like JedNeck probably does) but I leave my sails on board unless I know that I'm not going to be sailing for a month. Otherwise, the sails stay on so that I can easily take off with as little fuss as possible all year round.

However, for the OP I would never want to leave a furled Genoa on a boat on stands all winter.

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That is exactly what I thought this thread was going to be about. Unfortunately, leaving them aboard has risks too. If mice decide to get cozy in there, maybe eat through a few flaked layers, and your sails are toast.

I left them aboard last year and worried all winter. Out for cleaning this year. Hope there's no mice in their building.
If there was any concern with rodents, I'd be putting rat poison out as part of the winterization process.

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