Proper preparation for bad weather can increase the life of your sails and prevent damage to your boat. Use this tips to keep your sails and rigging safe when bad weather is coming:

1. Drop and Flake your Sails:
If bad weather is on the horizon, roller furling sails should not be left on the headstay, especially if the boat is on the hard. Drop and flake your sails to stow them during a big storm. Use this opportunity to check and address any issues you might find as well.

2. Inspect your rigging, lines and swivels:
At the same time, inspect all elements of your furling system to make sure everything is properly fastened and in good condition. Double check all standing rigging, checking all halyards, lines, sheets and clutches for wear and tear. harden up the backstay to keep the rig from bouncing around during the storm.

3. Store your sails properly:
Mainsails can be left on the boom, but should be covered and flaked properly. If you don’t have a cover, take the main below to avoid any damage.

4. Consider a Dehumidifier:
Storms can cause excess moisture inside the cabin which can damage sails. Especially if you are in a tropical area where humidity is high, or an area where storms are common, a small dehumidifier can go a long way.

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