Originally Posted by xiabbo
to stow a sail, first you clean and dry in the sun then get a hand on both ends of the luff and pull straight - now both hands clap on to respective leech and foot and fold in board toward the luff in 24" increments - when done, fold it like a towel, now mark the head
cringle clearly - fluff and stow in a convenient spot...be diligent in this and the sail will blow out before it gets stained.
Depends on the sail of course. Laminates probably like to be rolled and I roll all laminates foot to head
and don't fold.
On Dacron I prefer to flake.
Lay flat, take 24 inch bites from luff and leech, work from foot to head, then fold ends to middle and one final fold.
When remounting a flaked sail you unfold, lay it on the boom attach head, tack and clew and then hoist. This is for loose foot main of course. Minor modification for bolt rope
foot is threading the foot in and attaching clew to outhaul
The folding method above requires unfolding all the sail on deck
to install, it appears.