How to fold a sail for shipping

Thread starter #1
My question is about a windsurfing sail, but I think the same principles apply.
I am having a used sail shipped to me by land. In order have the best rate, the sail must be shipped in two packages: one for the 5 battens and one for the sail. The sail ( 8 m2) has a 507 cm luff ( 202") and is 220 cm wide ( 88") at its widest point. Being made of Dacron I don't see a problem in folding it up, except perhaps for the plastic window.
There is probably a way to avoid folding over the window, but then the box will have to be larger and the cost will increase. Can I take a chance and fold the sail to the smallest possible size, regardless of the window? Otherwise I have to drive 6 hrs to pick it up!

Thanks

Ittiandro
 
#2
If the sail is new the sail maker should know how to package the product where it will not be damaged in shipment. If this is a used sail then the age of the sail and how much sunshine it has seen will make a difference. If it is an old sail it is possible that a folded window will retain a crease for some time. The newer the sail the less the risk.

If you are concerned about folding the sail to fit the smallest possible box then I must wonder how much the extra freight would be to package the sail properly. If the shipping expense is a major factor then you may want to wait a little while longer and save up the extra few bucks proper shipment will cost. If you use a properly sized box to protect the sail then you will probably find that the battens will easily fit into the same box as the sail...

Good luck!
 
Thread starter #3
If the sail is new the sail maker should know how to package the product where it will not be damaged in shipment. If this is a used sail then the age of the sail and how much sunshine it has seen will make a difference. If it is an old sail it is possible that a folded window will retain a crease for some time. The newer the sail the less the risk.

If you are concerned about folding the sail to fit the smallest possible box then I must wonder how much the extra freight would be to package the sail properly. If the shipping expense is a major factor then you may want to wait a little while longer and save up the extra few bucks proper shipment will cost. If you use a properly sized box to protect the sail then you will probably find that the battens will easily fit into the same box as the sail...

Good luck!
It is a 10 years old Dacron sail and, yes, I was concerned about folding it to fit the smallest possible box ( probably 36" x24") because I have an older sail made of a very stiff, transparent and noisy plastic ( you can hear the crackling one mile away! !) which has already cracked in some points, but if you say that I risk no more than a few creases for some time, I can live with it, provided that there is no risk of tears or cracks.
If I got it shipped in a roll, the difference would be about $ 40,

Thanks

Ittiandro
 

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Step One:
Starting at the foot of the sail, make the first fold about 18 to 20 inches up from the foot.

Step Two:
Make a similar sized fold further up on the sail and lay the second fold on the first.

Step Three:
Continue in this manner until the whole sail is neatly folded.

Step Four:
Make sure the sail is smooth and free of creases.

Step Five:
Start the packing fold across the width of the sail.

Step Six:
Fold the sail over and over about 18 to 20 inches or small enough to fit the box you are going to use
 
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