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Ugh. I feel for you. We had mice (or something) chew through the seams of our inflatable dinghy that we had stored in our garage one winter. We had just bought it the previous season. We have a hard dink now.

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Ugh. I feel for you. We had mice (or something) chew through the seams of our inflatable dinghy that we had stored in our garage one winter. We had just bought it the previous season. We have a hard dink now.

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Oops! Our inflatable is sitting in our garage under wraps even now. Given your experience, I shudder at what I might discover when we unwrap it (fingers and toes crossed!)

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You have our sympathy for your injury/loss. It is, however, an object lesson and reinforcement of the idea that it is wise to remove and safely store one's sails during winter layup.
Yeah, right.

There's no real "safe place" to store your sails. I've spoken to people who've had their sails eaten in attics, basements, garages, storage sheds, and storage units and "on the boom". Even sail lofts have had customers' sails eaten because the employees were bad about leaving food scraps laying around to entice pests.

The best pest mitigation that I'm aware of, is roller furling and if you don't have that, frequent inspection of the sails that involves opening up the storage bag and shaking them out to get rid of pests.

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Yeah, right.

There's no real "safe place" to store your sails. I've spoken to people who've had their sails eaten in attics, basements, garages, storage sheds, and storage units and "on the boom". Even sail lofts have had customers' sails eaten because the employees were bad about leaving food scraps laying around to entice pests.

The best pest mitigation that I'm aware of, is roller furling and if you don't have that, frequent inspection of the sails that involves opening up the storage bag and shaking them out to get rid of pests.
I have found that the guest bedroom is a perfectly safe place to store sails... Until my wife finds out they are there, then it is decidedly not safe for me.
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You have our sympathy for your injury/loss. It is, however, an object lesson and reinforcement of the idea that it is wise to remove and safely store one's sails during winter layup.
Remove everything from the boat that could be chewed up. Sails, cushions, large blocks of cheese... Store them in your house. If you have mice, rats, or squirrels in you house, get rid of them. Maybe a few traps near your sailing goodies would provide peace of mind.

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I never store anything in my shed that can be eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, etc..., all of which have called the shed home at one time or another. My basement office is where I store my sails, which is kept mice free with Decon. And, since a number of snakes discovered that my shed had mice, the mouse problem was quickly solved by the reptiles, some of which measured up to 7 feet in length. Believe me, when I go to get my garden tractor out of the shed, I look inside carefully before stepping through the door.

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https://youtu.be/dv5RICL4gIs Install one of these. LOL
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Yeah, right.

There's no real "safe place" to store your sails. I've spoken to people who've had their sails eaten in attics, basements, garages, storage sheds, and storage units and "on the boom". Even sail lofts have had customers' sails eaten because the employees were bad about leaving food scraps laying around to entice pests.

The best pest mitigation that I'm aware of, is roller furling and if you don't have that, frequent inspection of the sails that involves opening up the storage bag and shaking them out to get rid of pests.
Around here I can get 55 gallon recycled plastic drums for about $25. They have a full sized lid and are water tight. Perfect for storing sail's in for the winter, protects everything from everything.

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USB- That's a great idea.
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Anybody heard the phrase "a ship in mothballs" ?

USN procedure used to be to put big mothball blocks (camphor or para) in a stored ship. They both sublimate at room temperature, and leave a very slight film on everything that prevents corrosion. And, especially para, the vapors are toxic to pretty much anything, so it repels bugs, squirrels, even deer. Note, toxic to humans too.

I take a couple of boxes of mothballs and scatter them in the bilge, in the mast, everywhere including in the sails before packing them up for the winter. In the spring, you have to open some ventilation and then gtf out of Dodge while the vapors are being cleared out. But you'll probably find that nothing has made a home in the boat, or the sails, if you've used mothballs. Which Grandma would be amazed to find, the EPA classifies as an insecticide and hazardous material these days, because it does the job so well.
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