Ambassadors for all we America was. Apologists for all America is.

I’m seeing spots … !

Hey, when you sail the mainland of Mexico you encounter a few small problems with moisture.

While re rigging the boat, one of the riggers noted that we had the beginnings of mildew on our sails.  These are three year old sails and I do not want to replace them because I was inattentive.

But, OMG …… spots!

The cure.  Wash the sails.  Well, maybe not quite that simple but you raise the sails… and go after the mildew.  Fold-by-fold-by-fold of the sail.  Turns out, that the sail covers had gotten wet in the last big storm before we left Barra de Navidad.  We had already dealt with problems of mildew inside the boat, so we were not totally surprised.

The process:

cleaning the sails

Pick a sunny day.  With no wind!

Supplies:  Soft brush,  hard brush, Oxyclean (or the Mexican equivalent), a spray bottle of Green, a healthy supply of white vinegar.  The vinegar is the key.

Wet sail,  spray with oxyclean, scrub, rinse, brush hard with vinegar, rinse.  Dry.

“OUT, OUT, damned spot(s)!” paraphrasing Lady Macbeth.

Spots about 80% gone.  Easy process–just a bit of work!

Now in the real world of sailing,  raise the sails and the wind comes up … but only if you are at a dock.  If you are on the water and raise the sails, the wind dies.

Scrub and rinse.  Unless, of course, that is the day that the marina looses all water pressure.  Get a bucket and a soft brush and scrub rinse with water from the boat’s stores.  Adds two more hours, but hey, it has to be done.  And, of course, as soon as you are finished and go to put the useless hose up …. Tada!!! … the water pressure is back!  Now you can rinse the sail again.  15 minutes to repeat your two hours of work.

Wet sail … dry it.  Raise … wind comes up.  Lower … it stays wet.

We will dry it tomorrow.  Tomorrow, of course, it rains for the first time since we have been here.  Wet sails again … what makes mildew …oh, yeah … wet sails.  Leave uncovered maybe?

I am sunburned, tired, cranky, and arthritic after all the washing … and, of course, we are leaving in the morning for Mazatlan.  Oh, and it is raining on us as we get ready for bed.

Don’t you just love sailing/cruising?

WHIIIIIIIINE!  Or as Carolyn says ….”Drama Mine!”

One response

  1. Happy new year!! Getting new rigging – awesome! We are still awaiting our gear box but are hopeful it is actually on its way now.

    Enjoy the new year!

    December 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm

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