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What can I do to get these creases out of my jib? They look ugly and I wont sleep well until I get em out.

james123

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Sail it in 12+ knots of wind for a few hours. The pressure in the sail should help get some of that out. I sail Lasers and J/24s and used to have a 14.2. The Laser sails and the J/24 genoas and spinnakers get flaked. Sometimes there are creases on the edges but after a day of sailing they're gone.
 

DeereJ18

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Sail it in 12+ knots of wind for a few hours. The pressure in the sail should help get some of that out. I sail Lasers and J/24s and used to have a 14.2. The Laser sails and the J/24 genoas and spinnakers get flaked. Sometimes there are creases on the edges but after a day of sailing they're gone.
Thanks will try. Just acquired this boat so it scared me when I rigged it for the 1st time in years and saw the creases. Boat is from 1998 and last time rigged/sailed was 2014.
 

james123

Member
As creases go, unless there is damage along the creases then those aren’t bad compared to other sails I’ve seen. A thought for you to consider is making sure you don’t roll the sails too tightly and make sure there are no creases when you roll. If you flake the sail to save space then make sure you put the folds in different places to avoid creases. Also, when the sail is rolled, try to keep it from bending. Rolling around a pipe or something similar should keep it from bending. Those creases look like someone rolled them into the sail by accident though.

Edit: I saw something in the original post about furling. For the best furl, tighten the halyard right before you furl it, sail downwind, and try to make sure the furl is loose. Loose furls are much better for the sail. Then loosen the halyard back to normal as to not stretch the sail. Make sure to leave slack in the sheets when you secure them. That should help preserve your jib.
 
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DeereJ18

New Member
As creases go, unless there is damage along the creases then those aren’t bad compared to other sails I’ve seen. A thought for you to consider is making sure you don’t roll the sails too tightly and make sure there are no creases when you roll. If you flake the sail to save space then make sure you put the folds in different places to avoid creases. Also, when the sail is rolled, try to keep it from bending. Rolling around a pipe or something similar should keep it from bending. Those creases look like someone rolled them into the sail by accident though.

Edit: I saw something in the original post about furling. For the best furl, tighten the halyard right before you furl it, sail downwind, and try to make sure the furl is loose. Loose furls are much better for the sail. Then loosen the halyard back to normal as to not stretch the sail. Make sure to leave slack in the sheets when you secure them. That should help preserve your jib.
James thank you for the tips! I am the proud owner of this boat (I'm 17 btw and I am on my 3rd sailboat!). I will not get a shakedown cruise in until the snow goes away here in Michigan(Febuary/March). This is my first boat with a roller furling jib and I appreciate all of your input and advice!
 

james123

Member
Good luck! I’m 18, started in optis, got my brothers laser when he went to college, and got a J/24 dirt cheap on eBay two years ago and have been fixing it up ever since. Do you have a local sailing club near you? Older sailors are a goldmine of info and help. Also, if you get the chance to race on a bigger boat as crew, you’ll learn more than you can imagine in no time. Good luck!
 
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