Here’s an easy way to roll your sail singlehanded while it’s on the boat. This method prevents wrinkles from forming as you lower the sail, which makes rolling easier and prolongs the sail’s life.
Watch the video or follow the steps below.
Singlehanded Rolling Steps
- Release the halyard
- Before lowering the sail, pass the halyard outside the shroud and step into the cockpit, bringing the halyard with you.
- Set the boom into its rest and begin to lower the sail.
- Ensure the area near the tack folds down toward deck without wrinkles. Push it down if needed.
- Then move aft and use the leech of the sail to pull the sail down while slowly releasing the halyard.
- Flake the sail on one side of the boom, making sure the luff stays between the mast and the shroud.
- Release the sail from the halyard and shake out any nearby wrinkles.
- Sit opposite the sail and pull it over the boom while rolling. Get rid of any creases as they cross the boom
- Move aft as you roll, keeping the rolled-up sail in your lap.
Hold to Fold and Roll Sails – Quantum Sails – several ways to roll and fold sails
Boat Care and Maintenance – SailZing Category
The biggest step to make this easy is to start with a new sail. That’s easy for me to say as someone who sells sails, but it’s much harder as the sail gets older.
Thanks JP. I’ve found lowering the sail properly still makes it much easier – new sail or old.