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Mainsail track cleaning. It WORKS!!

Created by garymalmgren 8 months ago, 11 Aug 2018
165 posts
11 Aug 2018 6:47PM
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To hoist the main I go to the mast, heave down on the halyard where it exits the mast, place a wedge in the organizer turning block. Then go back to the cockpit , haul up the last 50 cm and winch tight. The sail has a boltrope and it is OLD. I found that it was getting harder and harder to haul up, so I made up a track cleaner. Pic 1
This is 30cm of (rough) nylon rope with a tether whipped to it. The tether ends just above the rope on one end and extends down about 5 cm or so on the lower end. The main halyard is connected to the short end (Pic 2) and a light downhaul to the other( pic 3). The rope is liberally sprayed with silicone grease then fed into the track.
I hauled up and down a couple of times. Removed it and resprayed and repeated.
It WORKS!!!! The main now glides up. Will work with slugs too. Gary

NSW, 811 posts
12 Aug 2018 7:54AM
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The question is was it the cleaning or the lubrication.?

134 posts
12 Aug 2018 9:38AM
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I think all you have done is lubricated the whole track, but at least it is working. If your sail is old, the bolt rope may have shrunk, do you notice "bunching" of the cloth around the boltrope near the tack at full hoist?
This problem can be sorted by cutting / unpicking the bolt rope stitching at the tack, and pulling the sail down around the boltrope, allowing it to go up the seam. Make sure luff is smooth and uncreased, and put a couple of stitches in where the bolt rope now finishes.


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