Found some relatively old threads on this topic, but I'm curious if anyone can add some recent experience to the mix?
Presently, I have to go to the mast and literally haul the main down, due to the high-friction old plastic lug-type luff attachment (OEM circa 1965).
After having considered the Harken
Slide system A, I ran across the plastic track system by Dutchman, which makes a great deal of sense to me (none of the small track fasteners all the way up the mast as in the Harken
system). In addition, I like the price-per-foot of luff concept (LOTS cheaper than Harken
). Trouble is, I am not getting ANY response from Dutchman to the e-mail inquiry that I sent them two weeks ago . . . !!
So, now I find the Tides Marine STRONG track system - similar to the Dutchman, except the track is female vs. male, and apparently the STRONG sail slides are straight metal, instead of the lined slides in the Dutchman system.
Any insight on the STRONG system would be much appreciated!