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Hoisting a headsail shouldn't require that much force. Almost every time you have to force something on a sailboat, you're generally doing something wrong. You really need to take a look at the way the halyard is run and the way the sail is rigged. Heavy resistance on a sailboat is usually the boat trying to warn you of a problem. Bulling your way through is generally a really bad idea. You're actually fairly lucky that no one was injured when the foot block broke.
I generally recommend lubricating the sail groove or track with McLube SailKote, Boeshield T9 or some other dry film lubricant.
BTW, if a bit of the sail cloth got pinched and dragged into the foil groove, it might not affect the way the sail sets or appear to be a problem, but could easily jam the wire luff in the groove. It is like a zipper—a little bit of cloth caught in a zipper makes it almost impossible to open or close—yet might not be noticeable once the zipper is closed.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-09-2007 at 10:55 PM.