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Water Heater and Mast Track Question

I want to thank everyone (especially SailingDog and Cruising Dad) for thier advise and encouragement over the past year. After a year long deployment My wife and I relaunched our 36 foot sloop this weekend and everything went well! The engine started right up and she cleaned up nicely. I painted the bottom (I opted to paint the whole she-bang rather than simply spot paint the bad spots) and had the top part of the hull buffed and clear coated. CIRRUS looks like a new boat! Like I said, I truly apreaciate the advise and warm wishes.

Now I have two questions:

1. Can someone remind me of the best way to clean and lubricate the sail track on the mast? I'll be bending on the mainsail and re-mounting the mast top fittings next trip down and I'd appreciate some pointers. The lubricating part seams pretty straght forward, just spray the lube into the mast track as I get hoisted up, but the cleaning part I kind of question....

2. Secondly, it appears I'm going to have to replace our water heater. Other than form, fit and function compatability, what pitfalls ought I watch out for?

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For the sail track, use a non-greasy, dry film lubricant, or you'll just be causing more problems for yourself. McLube's SailKote is the lubricant I'd recommend. Greasy lubricants will collect dirt and dust and gum up over time.

No real things jump to mind with the water heater, other than those you've listed. Have fun...
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How about the cleaning part - or is that a natural side effect of applying the lubricant? I picked up a can of McLube Sailkote - it's a dry lubricant I found at westmarine.
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Clean the track with a scotchbrite pad covered in your choice of cleaning solutions... I'd use something mild, like boat soap, and avoid ammonia-based products as they can damage the anodization.
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