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Old 21-05-2018, 08:27   #1
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Storing the mainsail

We have a 40ft ketch sailboat. The boat is stored on the hard in Jacksonville area from June-Dec. We usually remove the main and mizzen sails and store them in the boat cabin, and we tie the stack packs to the booms.

However, as we prep to do that again, I am wondering ... WHY? Why canít we leave the main/mizzen sails in the stack packs, tied securely to the boom? Sunbrella fabric will protect sails, sails are in a zippered pack, boat stored in open lot, etc.

What is the risk?

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Re: Storing the mainsail

I have done it for 2-3 months of storage in just a normal mainsail cover etc. Some risk in mildew/algae and the resultant staining I suppose. The other risk is insects/bees making a nest in there. More windage if a hurricane comes through.
But generally you'll probably be ok.
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Re: Storing the mainsail

They have had Hurricanes the last 2 of 3 years years in Green Cove Springs. There is also a wasp around there that will love to build mud balls in your sails.
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Re: Storing the mainsail

BTW, put tape or etc over your tank vents if the screen has fallen out (as many do) The little bees build a mud nest in your vents! Dont ask how I know....
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