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I checked out the sails on my new capri 14.2 in preparation for putting her in the water this weekend and noticed something odd. The main looks like the original (orange, red, yellow horizontal stripes, c14 logo) and is in good shape. The material doesn't seem worn, no tears, overall good shape. The jib is supposedly new, never been sailed. Both are from catalina, the jib is definitely newer. My question is about the jib. The material is much stiffer than the main, almost brittle. It looks like it has developed some pretty nasty creases from being stored folded in the bag. My question is, are these sails made from a different material and how should I store them (especially the jib!) to prevent damage. I've read about "flaking" and rolling and not stuffing, but it seems like no matter what I do the jib creases.
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sounds like a new jib

The brittleness and the creases are both indicative of a new sail that has not been out of the bag. Enjoy the newness while you can. In time the sail will lose the brittle feeling as the resins wear away in the material. The creases will disappear with normal use. It is a good idea to fold the sail so that it does not always fold along the same creases.
 
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