Whether we are on the boat or off the boat the way that we leave our sails has an effect on there performance and there life.
There are a few guidelines we can follow onboard to help maintain our sails.
If the Headsail is on a furler ensure that the sail is tightly wrapped and that the sail is furled all the way with 1 wrap of the sheets around the sail. Also ensure that the U.V strip is wide enough to cover the sail when it is furled.
If your mainsail is in a stack pack have a mesh panel fitted in the front cover to keep the air flowing through. This will help the sail to dry and reduce the chances of mildew growing on the sail.
If you are sailing with laminate sails try to rinse any salt off them regularly to reduce the chances of the salt damaging the film.
Wherever possible put sails away dry.
When flaking sails try to avoid creasing them in the same place every time. Ensure that the folds are flat and smooth before bricking any sails.
Most important is where you store your sails for the winter.
Once the sails have been serviced and cleaned you need to put them somewhere secure, dry and at a fixed temperature. Try not to leave sails in a shed or garage, we spend a lot of time repairing damage caused by mice. Centrally heated houses seem like a good idea but don’t leave the sails by the radiator, laminate sails are temperature sensitive and won't thank you for the warm winter. Most Ullman sails Lofts will offer storage over the winter so if in doubt let us look after them until the spring.