Sails

This version has to be reviewed asap. Thank you to reference you to the French version.

Recommended use:

Avoid leaving fasseiller your sails. Navigate to the engine, hoisted the mainsail, the tissue damage and consequently will decrease performance. Do not drop the fasseille by adjusting the clew and leech. Do not use the sail in the conditions recommended by the manufacturer. A wind force is excessive to age the fabric and seams prematurely.
Do not release the clew of the jib later by tacking (no release no later than when the boat is pointed into the wind). The chafing against the spreaders and the mast will also prematurely wear the fabric and possibly tearing it.

When your boat is at dock, be sure to release the tension on the sails which remain in position (furling genoa halyard, hump clew of mainsail and others). Apply tape over the sharp corners (spreaders, “cutter pin”, chandeliers, turnbuckles etc.).. All these parts can impair your sails.

Storage and maintenance:

Protect your sails against the sun when not in use. The life of a sail is calculated in hours of sun exposure. The fabric can lose up to half of its strength after only three months of constant exposure to the sun. Save your sails in their bag. Always cover your mainsail of his awning when not in use and if your genoa is mounted on a reel, make sure that it is adequately protected when rolled up.

Dry your sails before storage. Moisture can cause mildew. Colors can rub off on some nylons to spinnaker or gennaker, if these sails are stored wet. If your genoa must be wound wet, do not overtighten. Humid climates are known to accelerate the moisissure.Vaporisez some disinfectant (eg, Lysol ®) in your sail bag before closing it.

Furl your sails, do not crumple up their sleeves. Rumple sailing prematurely break the fibers and decrease its useful life. Do not not sail near a heat source, store rather in a well ventilated area. On the boat, do not leave, especially not in the engine compartment or they may come into contact with gasoline, diesel, oil or excessive heat. Do not store in the trunk of your car for the same reasons.

Cleaning:

Clean your sails every year before putting. Remove dirt by using a mild soap and a brush. Rinse well and let them dry completely before furling and put them in their bag. Remove the mold immediately. Spray areas in need with a disinfectant (eg, Lysol ®). On dacron sails, large areas can be soaked in a solution containing 25% bleach and 75% fresh water for about 15 minutes. (Caution: do not you use bleach on the sails of nylon or Kevlar ® aramid. On these sails, just a mild soap and a brush. Exposure to sunlight quickly restore color homogeneous, your sails, the following season.

Repairs:

Inspect and repair your sails annually by your boat, he knows exactly what to check. An annual inspection will prevent your children from becoming addicted to large tears. You can patch yourself small holes temporarily, if they are not placed too close to the hoist. They can be repaired with Dacron sticky or “dock tape” in a pinch, if absolutely necessary, to prevent the expansion of the tear. Quickly repair broken seams along the fall. Broken seams in places where efforts are less are not as urgent to resume.

Conclusion:

By following these tips, you ensure that your sails will give you long and loyal service.

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