To winter his boat 6/6 – maintenance of the rig

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

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It is soon the winter with a lot of greyness, rain and humidity. The sails, halyards, sheets, bumps, mast, poles, boom, invite us to prepare to pass a winter without danger to them.
Where to start ?

Démâter or not démâter ? That is the question at the bar of the port… When we over-winters his boat in the water, the question does not arise, but, when it overwinters in the dry, in an ideal world, it would be necessary to disassemble and store in a dry place its spars. The dismasting puts the rig in safety, and allows a cleaning of the mast and its accessories, but more importantly, a thorough visit of all its fittings and instruments that it carries.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Let’s say that the dismasting is advised as soon as it is possible and that the infrastructure to dry the allow. We can also predict that we will visit the mast every year, while anticipating démâter every 3 or 5 years. In addition, we must not lose sight of the fact that the standing rigging is not eternal and that it is wise to change it every 10 or 12 years, or in anticipation of a long trip.

Here is the procedure for winterizing without dismasting.
In it, we don’t get back on the visit of the rigging that we have developed in our article “Preparing his boat in the beginning of the season : to revise the rigging”.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig
To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

The disarmament is to drop the sails and all their manoeuvres.
To retrieve the halyards and other ris automatic, circulating in the mast (or listen to flying under the hoods of sail to modern), it uses a messenger. It is a piece of a section slightly low (garcette) and a length equal to two times the height of the mast for a halyard, that one raboute over to the halyard. Taking the lead, we climbed to the messenger that will be in place for the time to change or clean the maneuver in question. Remember to mark the maneuvers to identify them at reassembly.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Disassemble also the tarpaulins and other biminis in which the canvases are very susceptible to mold.

  • The inspection of the sails

Checklist of audit recommended by North Sails :

1. Check the sanglages or eyelets of the head, tack, listen and laugh, wear due to chafe and UV.
2. Check the points of stitching by hand.
3. Check the lines and other systems of fastening the luff of the sail.
4. Check the wear on the sail at the level of the spreaders, shrouds, stanchions, etc…
5. Check the nerves of a fall and of border (mounting tabs).
6. On a genoa furling make sure the tape anti-UV, wear, strength).
7. Check the pockets of slats (wear, seams, quality of the velcro).
8. Check the body of the sail (fabric, seams, gluing the numbers of sails, stripes and visualization of hollow, state of the windows, reinforcements, pennons).
9. Return the veil and return to the above points.
10. Check the accessories related to the sails : sock spinnaker, tarpaulins, etc…
11. Check the condition of the bags, zip, sanglages, labels…

Cleaning of the sails, and the upholstery (tarpaulins…) :

The grand sails and genoa are in general made of Dacron or Tergal (this is the same thing, of the polyester, according to the appellation Dupont de Nemours and Rhone Poulenc). To clean them, it is necessary to wet them and rub them gently with the microfiber cloth or wet sponge.

Several methods for the wet :

To dip a wing of 60 m2, it is better to have a container large enough.
Some use their annex, I prefer the rolling bin, it is still necessary to be able to
dispose of it.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Take care not to crush the folds in the veil to not print the deep folds.
Roll it if possible.
In the presence of tasks, it is possible to dissolve a product specific cleaner, or use a laundry type Saint-marc in the tray and then leave to soak.

The rinsing jet

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Others raise the sail on the ground and pass it to the jet or high pressure cleaner with pressure as low as possible for the then clean the sponge or the glove microfiber.
Here also a specific cleaner or a lye-based soap will do the trick provided that you do not scratch to avoid damage to the resin impregnating some tissues (Pentex/Mylar).

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Never use bleach, especially fatal to the sails nylon (spinnakers) or Kevlar.

The drying

This is the most important phase of the cleaning of the sails. Drying process is neglected and it is the guarantee of the appearance of mildew on your sails.
Sailmakers dry the sails in the rigging under the shed. It is difficult to do at the port !
They can be flat to dry, turning them over or lift them by (all) small time, leaving them (slightly) flap.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

The cleaning maneuvers

Essentially, it is to desalinate.
You have a bathtub ? Perfect, soak the pieces in fresh water and made it dry in the air. A dustbin of individual home clean will also work.

Here again, it all depends on the infrastructure on the ground.
Either you store the sail rolled or folded, in bag or not, at home or on site, at sec. If you fold, do not fold on creases old. A veil former will be more sustainable with more small folds with folds extremely marked.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Either you store them in the boat, on the ground. This is not the ideal solution because the humidity in the sailing ships wintering in the rain exceeds easily 80 %.

To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig
To winter his boat 6/6 - maintenance of the rig

Perfect to finish off with something very easy, the wintering of the furling of the genoa.
The reels are modern and built with bearings and sealed bearings, maintenance-free.
The only operation to be performed twice a year (recommendation Facnor) is to perform a plentiful rinsing with fresh water, once the veil is filed.
The ideal is to achieve it on the chair of the mast, a pipe in hand, to be able to rinse the sleeve as high as possible.

Now that your sails are clean and dry in your garage, your living room (!) or under a shed in your port to dry, your rig, ready to spend the winter without you, thank you for the attention you have focused and rested, well prepared for her new adventures next spring.

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