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Re: Lubricating Sail Slugs?

Lemon Pledge furniture wax works great. I spray it in the slot as i raise the main. That is "wax dissolved in a solvent" but much less expensive than a bike specialty product or a silicon lubricant like sailcoat.

Plus it makes your mast smell lemony fresh!
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Re: Lubricating Sail Slugs?

I second the suggestion of using "ordinary garden variety" silicone lubricating spray for lubrication. When she gets sticky, I simply spray the track at the base prior to each slug being raised. Works like a champ and cheap! I have never attempted to clean the entire track. An interesting thought!
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Re: Lubricating Sail Slugs?

Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
consolidated from an old post of mine;

I had some old track slides. I took 2 of them, and connected them with a 1" bar of aluminum. I then fit a piece of the really coarse (red) scotch-brite pad between them. Then, I taped an old hinge to the top of a can of McLube Sailcoat, so that when I pushed the hinge, it activates the sprayer. Finally, I taped the can of McLube to the 1" aluminum bar.

From the side, you can see the inventive use of Duct tape.

I attach a halyard to the top track slide, and a line to the bottom and feed the whole contraption into the track. I also have another line attached to the hinge, so that I can use the spray can remotely.

I connect a halyard and downhaul onto that loop of string, and a piece of fishing line onto the hinge.

I pull the thing up and down the track a few times, so that the scotch brite can do it's thing, then, starting at the top, I pull the whole mess down the track while activating the sprayer.

From the top;

The Scotchbrite - trimmed to fit the width of the track, goes in between the two sail track slides. The pad that I use is actually from a floor sander.

Works like a champ!
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