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02-16-2014 08:29 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

good info
12-21-2013 04:28 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

Dirt and mold can be problems, but to two factors that present the greatest risks to your sails are chafe and UV damage. For chafe prevention make sure that your sails on the boom are tied with straps around the sails only and not with straps around the sail and boom. A tuck of sail that is tied between the wrap line and the boom can chafe away with the constant rock at the dock. The lines holding the sail cover would normally be around the boom, but once again, there should not be a fold of sail left between these straps and the boom. For the UV protection just be sure that the whole sail is covered, particularly without the clew sticking out aft.
12-21-2013 04:09 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

Sunbrella manufacturer recommends Woolite only as a cleaning agent.

Personally, I think if you're essentially 'welded' to the dock anyway your sails will thank you for taking them down and storing them in a dry area.. as you're living aboard, off the boat somewhere not too far away would be best. Even the main under the cover would be better off stored properly, and if you're using any kind of tarp you'll wear the sail cover out with chafe if it's left on the boom.

Do you have a storage locker in your marina? Once everything is cleaned and stitched up that'd be the place for them for now.
12-21-2013 04:02 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

All great ideas.
I just sent mine out to be re-stitched and cleaned. My sunbrella was coming off as well.
I prefer Ivory dish soap.
12-21-2013 03:59 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

I just cleaned some cockpit vinyl (stamoid) with a mixture or Woolite and Oil Eater Degreaser. Worked pretty well and seemed not to be corrosive like bleach. The degreaser is biodegradable, I believe.

12-21-2013 03:55 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

I have found that in the past after almost going crazy that dawn dish detergent is a boaters best friend when it comes to cleaning .... it works great on sails and is a mild soap ... I get a lot of the small brown bats where I am at and it takes the stains out with just a little scrubbing if they get in the sails and leave their calling cards ....
another good product that seems to work good is the awesome you can get at a dollar store ....
Also I raise my sails once a month just to see if the critters are back and left any calling cards ...
Hope this helps some
09-30-2013 09:34 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

Once upon a time, I actually took my main n jib to the Laundromat! Gentle wash, gentle rid of the mold. It was not a big risk then since they were both very old and I was intending to replace them soon anyway. Larger sails would probably not fit, but they had an 'industrial sized' washer/dryer..just sayin
09-26-2013 03:50 AM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

If you're at a dock, just drop them and send them out to be professionally cleaned. Their machines do much better getting inside seams, etc. Then keep them folded and bagged until you plan to go sailing. Even in a dock locker is better than furled and rarely used. If you do leave them up on the furler, they should be wrapped very tightly and the clew should wrap twice around the sail before cleating/tailing the line. It will limit, but not prevent water from lying between the wraps.

Heck, the best solution is to get out sailing more often.
09-25-2013 02:45 PM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

Take the sails off the boat, give them a wash in mild detergant. Rinse with fresh water.

Remove running rigging, rinse with fresh water, soak in tub with mild detergant, rinse in more fresh water.

Rinse all topsides, decks, and deck hardware in fresh water.

Go up the rig with a bucket and fresh water, wipe down all standing rigging, fittings, etc with a sponge or wet rag.

Just b/c you're not using them, doesn't mean they're not seeing dirt and salt from the air.
09-25-2013 08:43 AM
Re: Liveaboard Sail upkeep

Its got what looks like mold. Its very humid here so every morning there's a layer of moisture. I don't wanna use something that may damage or fade the sumbrella like concentrated bleach. So maybe a detergent?
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