Most boat owners recognize the importance of winterizing their boats to prepare for the winter season. They take great care in making sure their boats are properly winterized and stored, but their sails are not always given the same care.
When you are ready to put away your boat for the winter, make sure you take care of your sails too. Here are a few things to consider when planning what to do with or where to store your sails at the end of the season.
1. What is the general condition of your sails?
The end of the season is a great time to get your sails checked and maintained so that they’re ready to go in the spring. Repairs later on can be avoided by a thorough winter check & service.
Dirt stains, and salt can all shorten the lift of your sail. Grit and salt crystals can chafe fibers in the sail cloth as well as attract moisture.
2. Are there any modifications you’d like to make?
If you are considering adding any modifications to your sails; these modifications are best performed during the off season. That will allow more time for you to work on your sail without cutting into your time on the water.
3. Where will you store your sails?
Sails need to be stored in a dry environment, where they are safe from moisture, temperature extremes, and pests. Any combination of these can ruin a good sail.
The best way to store your sail is to hang them from the ceiling so they don’t touch anything. The next best option is to store them on a shelf. Keep the open-end of the bag facing away from any walls for better air circulation and to make it harder for pests to get in.
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Original article source: Cruising World – How To Store Your Sails For Winter
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