With your vehicle, the rule of thumb is to have your motor oil changed every 3000 miles to ensure top performance. This same philosophy works with your sail inventory. Right now is the perfect time to bring your sail inventory to the sail loft to have your sail’s oil changed!
An off season “Check and Repair” is a perfect way to ensure a headache free fit out and sailing season with your current sails. Qualified sail technicians will painstakingly “check” over your sails, report their findings, and “repair” any damage that may need attention. This “stitch in time” often times will save nine.
Right now is also the right time to have your sails professionally washed. We recommend having your sails and canvas washed every 2 years at our specialized sail washing facility to help protect white gleam, clean stitching, and remove mildew.
In the meantime, we have assembled a list of suggestions for proper sail care to help keep your sails performing longer.
1. Always protect your sails from unnecessary exposure to sunlight and heat.
2. Avoid prolonged luffing and flogging (motor with your sails down, unless the sails can be filled.
3. Protect from chafe. Make sure spreader patches are located properly.
4. Use specialized sails in their designed wind range. If you have a question on wind range, please consult your Quantum loft.
5. Never back a genoa against a spreader.
6. Avoid over tensioning the halyard (too much tension creates a gutter along the leading edge of the sail.) Remember to ease the halyard when the apparent wind velocity drops.
7. Flake or roll sails (do not stuff) whenever possible for storage.
8. Store sails dry. Nobody likes mildew.
9. Periodically rinse with fresh water. Annual professional washing is recommended.
10. Avoid harsh detergents, solvents, and strong chemicals.
11. Be sure that roller-furling sails are well secured when leaving the boat. Cleat the furling line, take an extra turn on the sheets around the sail, and secure both sheets.
Cheers, and See you sailing soon.
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