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Poll Question: Who the hell folds their spinnakers?
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    Posted: 11 Jan 16 at 10:46pm
I didn't believe anyone did this but apparently some do!

So fess up, are you a folder or a bag stuffer? and why?

Edited by piglet - 11 Jan 16 at 10:54pm
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I'll always fold a kite but I'd never dream of ironing any clothes (well, maybe a white shirt for work). A kite left in the chute makes such a lovely mouse nest, and if you're taking it out its so much less hassle to store if you've folded it, plus the more its crumpled up the quicker that nice crisp finish is going to go.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sargesail Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 16 at 11:34pm
I'm a convert to folding.  But at home once dry, not in the dinghy park where it gets a good stuffing.
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Roll not fold, then stuff it in a bag.....I usually go commando. It's all wrinkled.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 16 at 9:57am
Originally posted by JimC

plus the more its crumpled up the quicker that nice crisp finish is going to go.
Jims point is the bit I'm interested in,
Given that we don't generally fold our spinnakers at every leeward mark AND that it is difficult to get a crinkle free fold AND folding puts creases in anyway, is there a longevity gain?
 
Transient, when you roll, don't you get a load of crinkles anyway? In the kite I mean, nice image, thank you. Dead
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I roll it (sort of, it's more of an orderly gathering up) so it will go in the bag without jumping up and down on it. All the old  spinnakers I've seen are usually knackered because of stretching down the luff (obviously worse on assys) causing them to curl to early. Folding doesn't stop that.
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I stuff mine into an oversized bag, typically leaving the corners hanging out so that is easier to reattach it next time without it blowing across the dinghy park/ floor
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Originally posted by piglet


Given that we don't generally fold our spinnakers at every leeward mark AND that it is difficult to get a crinkle free fold AND folding puts creases in anyway, is there a longevity gain?

The way I look at it is that every crease is a micro implement of life off the sail. If I fold the sail I put fewer creases in it than I do if I stuff it into a bag, and if its folded its less likely to get even more creases being chucked around. I can't do anything about the damage being done by hoists and drops, but I can do something to reduce storage damage.

I suppose if I were mega rich I'd have my boats stored in a hangar or something and suspend the kite from the ceiling without folding it at all...

So yes, I'm a cheapskate. That's why I don't waste electricity ironing undergarments...

Edited by JimC - 12 Jan 16 at 12:22pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 16 at 12:30pm
You missed the fourth option..

Leave it in the chute - forever.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 16 at 12:52pm
Originally posted by iGRF

Leave it in the chute - forever.

Ah well, that depends on the local field mouse population...
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