Sometimes you just have to buy new sails, whether they are past their usable life and out of shape, or you have bought a nice European boat that arrives with less than perfect new 'cheap' sails.
If your new sails are going to be furled on the forestay, or the main left on the boom, furled or in a stack pack, then they should have McLube SailkotePlus applied.
Having now cleaned 1000's of sails, I can say that those sails that were McLubed previously were notably cleaner and cleaned up much better that sails that are not sailkoted.
Add in the benefits of removing friction, a 30% tighter furl and halving water porosity, then the small cost of McLubing your new sails is a no brainer.
This week we applied SailkotePlus to a new set of North 3Di Nordac sails for a spanking new Beneteau 41.1, the coating gave them an incredibly slippery finish, and my instruction to the owner was not to stand on them on the deck otherwise he will find himself in the water.
Row out to you boat in the coming weeks and you will be dive bombed by seagulls that have made their nest on the boat you happen to be rowing past.
I have mentioned before about this time of year and the need to get down to your boat to keep any nesting birds away, they will quickly find a less used boat and you will be safe.
One poor customer found this out, although he waited till spring this year after a year of bird action in his mainsail. He was very embarrassed about the sail, but I assured him I had seen worse, turns out I lied and this sail, (beware pictures below) is the worst I have seen.
Seaweed, sticks, dirt, poo, even old eggs had given this sail a patina that almost looked artistic. Too bad the sail was nearly new and worth $15,000!
It might be the first bird sail of the season, but I doubt it is the last.