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Sail slug

Since I bought the new Doyle Main sail last year, I have had difficulty raising the sail. The metal slug (the first one at the head of the sail) gets jammed in the track about half way up and I have to work it the rest of the way up. Its stainless steel, and the only solution that I can think of is to grind it down a bit. Unfortunately the original main is gone, so I can't compare the 2 or even replace the new with the old. Idea? Boat is a '69 Bristol 29.

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Stuck slugs

Since the sail is new I'd contact the sailmaker and ask him for help. I had a similar problem, though not as severe, with plastic slugs sticking in the track. A local sailmaker suggested using (biodegradable) dishwashing soap to lubricate the slugs every so often. I tried that and it is slippery enough so the sail goes up easily and it also helps keep the track clean with no build up like you'd get from using bees wax or other lubricants.
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I'd use McLube SailCote instead of soap... it's a better, longer term fix. Spray the track once a season and you'll be good to go.
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I thought a sail slug was that bikini clad thing that hangs on my boat at the marina asking me for free booze... until her daddy chases her off HAHAHA

I had that problem earlier with my main and I used McLube too - I'll ad a vote for that one. Well worth it and didn't make bubbles on my deck in the rain like dawn did.
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Thanks all. I will report results.

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