September 10, 2012
Wash, Check, Repair . . . Ready for 2013
Annual winter service for your sails and canvas is like changing the oil on your car. It's not very exciting stuff, but it's important preventive maintenance that can save you considerable time and money later on. Any good winter service regimen should include thorough washing and drying. Washing removes accumulated salt and dirt that can abrade stitching and corrode sail and canvas fittings:
Salt is hygroscopic as well. It attracts moisture which can lead to mildew:
Although it doesn't hurt the fabric, mildew is unsightly and can smell bad. Fortunately, careful washing can usually remove it:
It's important to ask how your sails and canvas will be washed. A thorough wash should involve complete immersion and an overnight soak in a cleaning solution (shorter for spinnakers and racing laminates). Some sailmakers scrub sails on tarps, but this doesn't do an adequate job of dissolving and removing salt and dirt.
Thorough cleaning should be followed by a thorough inspection for chafe and UV damage:
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