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    Paul White
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    Leave stuff rigged, don’t tie knots, use a big ass bag.

    1. Don’t remove lines. Keep the sheets rigged all the time. The amas can be removed and set on the dolly without taking them off.
    2. Don’t remove the halyards. When you separate the mast sections, stuff the line into the bottom of the upper section and then place it on the dolly. Don’t do this if you are trailering the boat. Make a fabric cover for the ends of the mast. The old jib sail bag can be used for this.
    3. Don’t remove the main shrouds. Once the mast in down, coil the shrouds and stuff them under the handhold on the ama or thread the mainsheet through them as you put it over the tramps to secure the amas.  If trailering, stuff them in the cockpit after removing the amas.
    4. Get a big windsurfing bag to put everything in. DaKine makes a bag that is the length/width of the Weta cockpit and has a long zipper down its entire length. Everything goes into this bag. And the bag stays in the cockpit when the boat is stored. Get rid of the supplied sail bags.
    5. Don’t de-rig the screecher. Leave the screecher loosely rolled up, on the pole, with the furler line, and stuff it in the cockpit bag. You’ll have to fold the screecher a couple of times to get it in the bag, but leave everything rigged unless you’re super anal about wrinkles in your sail.
    6. Don’t tie a knot in the forward tramp lines. Normally you have to tie a knot to secure the forward tramp line to the main hull. This sucks and pisses me off. Just double the length of the tramp tie line and then you can leave it in place when you put the amas on the trolley. When you’re rigging, just pull the line through at the stern then cleat it and roll up the excess line around your hand like the halyards.
    7. Don’t tie knots on the jib or screecher. Use a soft shackle. Tying knots is slow and could cause you to break a nail.
    8. Don’t take the tiller extension off the tiller. Put it in the big cockpit bag.
    9. Put everything in the big DaKine cockpit bag – rudder, dagger board, paddle, tools, screacher, main, jib, lifting bridle, etc. Everything that you need to sail goes in the bag. The only thing that doesn’t go in the bag are your wet cloths, PFD, and electronics. And the bag stays on the boat in the cockpit, even when you trailer the boat.
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