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Mainsail slide systems
I''m finalizing the options on a new main for a Beneteau 45f5. The loft is recommending the Strong track/slide system.
Practical sailor didn''t seem to enthusiastic about this system when they reviewed it a couple of years ago. They pointed out that it was the heaviest of the systems evaluated (Antal, Harken, Battslide), and might be susceotible to UV degradation, as it uses a plastic track.
Also, they described the friction in the system as similar to the Battslide system (both are metal on plastic systems). The Battslide is much lighter, as well as much cheaper.
Anybody have experience with these systems or any thoughts?