Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Your friend must sail on a clear mountain lake, so that salt crystals and general dirt/dust don''t cover the surface of his sails and act like so much sandpaper as one fold rubs against another when he moves them around or puts them away for the winter. He SHOULD rinse them weekly, if not after each use. (Not that I do, but our club''s sail loft maxes out with Lightning mains.) Salt crystals on sails absorb moisture, which further adds to weight aloft. If you grow mold, you''re not letting them dry enough, but the mold probably weighs less than the salt & water. It may not add four seasons to your sails, but taking better care of them may help you find minor spots that need repair before they turn into major ones.