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Lubricating the mainsail track

Question regarding the main mast track....Ours is kindof sticky, the "runners" in the track that connect to the sail seem to stick on their way up the mast. I was intending on lubricating the track with some spray on lithium grease...one of my favorite lubricants.

Any ill effects do you think? I believe it will make it much easier to raise the main sail, as well as raise it more smoothly.

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In use sail lube, it is in a spray can and works well. Don't know if it is lithium grease.

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Liquid Joy, the dishwashing detergent. No buildup. And, you 've already got it in the galley.
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I normally use hard hand soap. Cut it in the shape of the runners to fit into the track. Insert it below the top one. This will move everytime you hoist your sails and will clean and lubricate the track. This is clean and safe for the sail.
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I normally use hard hand soap. Cut it in the shape of the runners to fit into the track. Insert it below the top one. This will move everytime you hoist your sails and will clean and lubricate the track. This is clean and safe for the sail.
Interesting idea. Any "safety" problems with slippery runoff during heavy rainfall?

And any particular brand you prefer, or just any old bar soap?

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The amount of soap transferred to the is very small. Only small portion is washed away with rain. Therefore it is safe. No brand preferences. Simply just oil and soda soap.
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The amount of soap transferred to the is very small. Only small portion is washed away with rain. Therefore it is safe. No brand preferences. Simply just oil and soda soap.
Cool. I'll be trying this as soon as the boat is in the water. I've been using McLube but it's a bit pricey here and never seemed to last as long as I'd like.

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