Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet
I had difficulty with the last 10 feet or so of the main, checked that everything was OK and it was still almost at the point of maxing out the two speed winch to get it all the way up. After eliminating everything else I concluded that it was a problem with the winch itself. A couple of new bearings and lube and the sail goes up fairly easily now, for a heavy three reef offshore main.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse