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Caribsurf

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packing up your wing
« on: February 13, 2020, 12:10:14 PM »
Just curious how everyone packs up their wings?

 I usually don't have enough time to wait for the wing to dry completely so its wet and covered with some sand especially along the bladder. I do my best to brush off excess sand, but no way to remove it all. I then roll up the wing (Duotone) and put in bag. When I have time at home, I unpack and then brush off all remaining sand and re pack.  By then wing is usually dry too

unfortunately I don't have a grassy area to rig, just a sandy beach so it's a bit of a mess packing up..

How do you goes do it?
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Re: packing up your wing
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 08:21:51 PM »
If I can't get it clean on-site I don't bag it, just gather it up and stuff it in the car. At home I wash it with a hose, let it dry and back it.

I watched Alan and Patty Cadiz putting away about 20 sails from a massive kids windsurfing class they did this morning. The sails were sandy and wet. Patty had a large, soft hand brush that she brushed the wings off with and then Allan stowed them. they went through 20 wings faster than I packed up one geezer worth of gear. I'm going to get a big brush.

Then I watched Livio Menalau put his wing away. He'd rinsed it with a hose, then he stood it up and dried it off with the towel he'd used to shower with. That looked good to me too. Kenaha is easy to clean your wings (grass and a shower with a hose) but Ka'a isn't--no shower, no grass. So I generally just stuff and go, but Kanaha is about a mile away, so I sometimes stop there and do the cleanup.

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Re: packing up your wing
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 08:42:27 PM »
Thatís funny Pono because I have been using a hand brush at the beach to get as much off as I can, then at home unpack and do it again with a broom .  Amazing how much sand I bring home.   As I do with my windsurfing sails,  I donít rinse the wing with fresh water until  I am storing for a long time. 

The canopy dries so fast, but the leading edges of the bladder stays wet for days it seems
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Re: packing up your wing
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 09:26:25 PM »
Make sure you're checking the edge of the joint of the canopy and bladder. A thin, nearly invisible layer can get trapped there and it has to be bad news for the fabric. the only way I've found to get rid of it is blasting it with a hose.
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Re: packing up your wing
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 12:38:23 PM »
Interestingly, Gong say not to rinse off their wings with tap water as the chlorine removes a coating on the material...
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Re: packing up your wing
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 09:48:06 AM »
Jeff Henderson at Maui HotSails says the same thing. Unfortunately, I think sand in crevices where it can rub against the fabric will do more than just take off a coating.
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