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What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

Like most people here (I assume) I try to leave my boat shipshape when I walk away from her after a day of sailing. When I turn to take that last look I sometimes wonder if I have too much stuff laying around. In particular, my jib sheets seem to have no logical home, and when I consider stowing them it occurs to me that they also get needlessly beat up by the sun. Does anyone stow their jib sheets after sailing? Any other interesting measures to either keep things tidy or to make them last longer?

How about laying up for winter…how far do you go? Do you stow your mainsheet? Your halyards?
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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

All of our sheets and halyards are stowed in the cockpit coiled and hanging on these clips. The jib sheets remain run through their blocks and to the rolled up jib. Keep the jib sheets lying on the deck vs. pulled tight against the shrouds. Spinnaker sheets & guys are stowed in lockers. For winter, everything stays where it is but the jib sheets because the sail is taken down. But we do cover the boat, so little is exposed. Halyards remain.
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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

OK, I'll admit it. I tend to put everything in it's place even after a day sail, when I'm planning on sailing the next day. I think it's a personality defect. The only thing I can say in my defense, is that it seems to me every time I don't an un-forecasted gale comes out of no where, and makes a mess of things. You're only paranoid if they aren't really are out to get you

So, my sheets are neatly stowed. I take the jib sheets forward, tie them to the rail to get them out of the way, add an extra line around the furled jib so it cannot come undone. Bring a mainsheet forward and hang it from the boom. Everything is coiled and off deck so it can dry. Cockpit cushions are stowed below. Flag stowed. Main covered. On my dock, both float side and offshore lines are on, ready to hold the boat off in any wind direction. Grill is below. Propane is shutoff manually on both tanks. Shore power is on. Bilge is checked before leaving the boat. Bimini is furled. Boat is hosed off with fresh water.

There's more, I'd have to walk around the boat to remember it all. Don't do what I do, just go sailing...it's a sickness
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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

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...So, my sheets are neatly stowed. I take the jib sheets forward, tie them to the rail to get them out of the way, add an extra line around the furled jib so it cannot come undone. Bring a mainsheet forward and hang it from the boom. Everything is coiled and off deck so it can dry.
I've been considering hanging the jib sheets off the bow pulpit. That would take almost no effort and would keep them off the deck for the hose-down.

I already hang the mainsheet from the boom.

Your level of effort doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I do many of those things and it takes me about a half hour or so…not a crazy amount of time to put a boat away, in my opinion.
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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

…I should add that another primary consideration for me is lines laying on the deck when I'm washing down with the hose.
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Jib sheets hang on my lifelines, Everything else is coiled and bagged.

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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

I leave everything ready to go. Only cushions below and window covers (keeps the bird crap and UV off, but the birds are the important reason). A normal shut-down list (seacocks, electric, propane, open dingy drain, sail cover). Because I have a hard top, line tails are out of the sun, but that wouldn't change anything. Winch handles stay in the holders, hat, sunglasses, and gloves on the dashboard.

I consider the time to remove gear and the time to replace it against the slightly reduced life. Since I sail in the winter too, I see insuficient economy in excessive time spent coiling line or pulling halyards. I can easily replace all of the lines a few years sooner for the time I save.

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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

What is this thing "winter" you speak of?
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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

I re-purposed old sails into box-shaped "bags" to stow the mainsheet when not aboard.. I currently stow removed jib sheets in the wet locker to Stbd whenever I leave the boat. I will soon have bags for them, too. I don't like nthe idea of leaving several hundred dollars worth of line and as much in hardware laying about on deck. Too much incentive forsomeone to help themselves tonew stuff.
I hope to wear them out before the sun gets to them

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Re: What do you stow after sailing? After the season?

With no furler I tie the two jib sheets together with a bend (zeppelin) and leave them on the foredeck. In the cockpit I coil the ends and hang them on the winches. The sun doesn't help them but they'll still last many years. The quicker it is to get the boat sailing again the better.

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