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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system
I run my boat with a 9 oz triple reefed mainsail(plenty heavy) and full battens using lazy jacks and the Strong track system. There is a LOT less friction when raising and lowering the main and I actually raise the main by hand to the top except for the last couple feet where the weight of the sail gets too much. Maybe not quite as good friction wise as a ball bearing system but much less expensive!(a reasonable trade off).
Biggest problem with my system is trying to keep the full batten ends from catching on the lazy jacks on the way up.
Wouldn't want a mainsail not fully battened as shape is held much better hence better performance.(IMHO)