An easier furl

Roller genoas have revolutionised cruising under sail, but without a bit of basic maintenance they can still make life a lot tougher than it need be. Winter or spring is the time to read the manual, give the beast an internal clean and, if so recommended, a drop of oil in the vital spot. It’s well worth an out-of-season Saturday morning to strip the roller and give it the attention it deserves. Next time we have to stow the monster in a gale of wind, we’ll be well pleased with the difference.