The Captain's thread on sail stretch convinced that maybe I need to give some more thought to sail maintenance. The sail I've got is not super fancy, but it cost real money and I'd rather do what I can to make the sail last as long as possible.
The sail is a standing lug, laced on the yard and loose-footed at the boom. Our sailing season is pretty long (roughly March through November), so the sail stays bent to the sticks most of the time. From my experience with canvas tents, I know about the dangers of putting it up wet, so any time the sail gets salt water on it, I rinse it off with a garden hose, hang it out until I'm certain it's dry, then put it away. The sail rig is normally stored in a canvas bag, which is stored in an enclosed garage, so it's out of the weather.
Is there a recommended method to fold the sail? My efforts so far look pretty sloppy, and I'm concerned that keeping it stored with all sorts of bends and wrinkles probably isn't a good thing. Due to the shape, if I lay the yard on top of the boom and try to fold it that way, I get all kinds of funny creases. Or since I'm keeping the sail stored essentially indoors, am I making much ado about nothing?