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Question Luff rope, or sail slugs?

It may sound simple, but one of my main sails has slugs on the luff and rope on the foot. I hadn't used it before (duh, I didn't realize it was in my inventory ) and found that 2 of the 9 slugs on the luff were missing. I understand that the sail will flake better when using slugs but I find they are harder to pull up the mast, or to come down. Is one better then another ? They are easily replaced and not expensive so cost is not an issue.

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I think you'll find that slugs are actually going to be less effort and friction than boltropes. The problem you may be running into happens if you have the short sail track slugs, which tend to twist under load a lot more readily and jam. Check to make sure the slugs are both the right size and length.

Cleaning the track and lubing it with McLube Sailkote will help a lot as well. Don't use other lubricants, as they tend to gather dirt and will eventually make the sailtrack gummy.
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Lightbulb slug size ?

The slugs are ~3/8" but when I replaced the cunningham cleat, the insert for the cleat that went in the lower sailtrack was 1/2". Should I use 1/2" slugs or stay with the 3/8"? I would think that the 1/2" slugs would slide easier as they wouldn't shift/**** sideways in the track, is my thinking solid ?
I'll also look into the sailtrack lube, thanks for the Info.

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Yes, you're probably better off getting 1/2" slides, if the 1/2" slides will fit in the track properly. They won't twist like undersized slugs will, and will be far less likely to jam.
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Dear Karrey,

I had a Capri 22 which had exactly the problems you are having. Out of ignorance, I did the smartest thing I could do, which was to take it to my sail lady, Hart Sails in Sacramento, CA.

I told her the problem and she showed me the solution which was an improved tie on the slug. It keeps the slug from twisting in the slot. Now the sails go up and down without effort. I'm sure I paid her about $10 per slug on the re-tie, which was worth every cent for the work and advice.

Recently bought a Santata 525 which seems to need the same treatment.
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