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Re: How do you fold sails on deck?
With a foil it's pretty easy to fold the 'old' sail on a sail change on deck as long as you always drop it 'inside'. One person at each end, flaking as the sail comes down. But you need enough people to spare two for that (or a good AP)
It's taking down the last sail that's not as easy.. but we used to do that too, running deep, sheeting headsail in hard, and , again, one person fwd and one at the clew, flaking the sail as it came down. We were able to do this in fairly breezy conditions because we were working in the lee of the mainsail.. In this way the luff usually ended up at one end of the roll, unlike on many dock folds the head ends up somewhere mid sail unless you take some 'underfolds' to square the LP line with the luff.
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