> Hello all,
> Perhaps this has been discussed before, and kind of an odd question,
> but has anyone tried Rain-X on your sail view panels to help keep them
> clear? Does it work, is it safe on clear film/vinyl? I was wondering
> given that usually when my windows cloud up where I cannot see easily
> the swell/wave on approach, it is time for new sails. However, this
> can happen fairly quickly (few months), so I was wondering if there is
> a way to extend and keep the windows clear?
Since you are primarily a wave sailor, and rig/derig on the beach, I'd
bet most of the "cloudiness" in your sails is due to sand still being
on/in them after you roll them up.
If you sailed in flat water venues, I'd suggest derigging your sails in
the water, but that's not an option with the shorebreak here in Hatteras.
I don't sail in the waves, and I get as much for my demo sails at the
end of the year as anyone.
The secret..... I almost always roll them up in the water and take a
little extra time to ensure that there's as little sand retained in the
sail as possible.
Clean salt water doesn't cause any problems (beyond rust in the vehicle).
Muddy fresh water can be a problem as the mud seems to cling to the
sails alot, but a couple of sessions in the sound seems to soak the
mud off them.
You can try the Rain-X or better still, use 303 Protectant, but either
way the sand left from beach derigging is going to scratch and cloud the
windows in your sails.
Hope this helps,