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post #16 of Old 10-19-2012
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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

Totally agree with ewayne. The full battens are only exposed to the lazy jack lines in the first half of raising it. So I just leave the halyard line clutch open and watch the battens closely as I raise it by hand, not even wrapped around the winch. I am getting good at the timing of getting the batten past the Lazy Jack lines. If I do get caught I just ease off a bit on the halyard for a slight drop then heave it past the LJ line when the main is centered again, very easy to do. I also do need the winch for only the last couple of feet of raising the main. This is a big full batten main, P=53' 8", and heavy.
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