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Clean the slug slot first... then use McLube SailKote.

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Clean the slug slot first... then use McLube SailKote.
There we go, I was waiting for someone to say it.

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I have used Elmers "slide all" which was the top pick in a Practical Sailor review.I have used Mclube in the past but the Elmers seems to work just as well ,was cheaper and available at hardware stores
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The sail slot is clean - it's essentially a round "intrusion" over an 1" in diameter, so there isn't any way for dirt to be in there (plus I had the mast cleaned before it went up).

So, I went up the mast today and sprayed Sailkote in the track and also on the sliders (well, it was windy and I wussed out so I only went above the spreaders). In any case - what a difference this made. I'll have to go up again when it is a bit more calm and spray the track all the way to the top - but this thing is amazing!
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Sailkote is not Teflon! It is a mixture of white paraffin wax doped with Dupont Krytox, which is a great-grandson of Teflon. Krytox is damned expensive stuff, a good lubricant which simply doesn't break down under extremes (-70F to 700F, sulphur, chlorine, oyxgen impervious, etc.) but they mix it in with white paraffin because the wax disperses it and keeps the cost way down, compared to the pure stuff.

Your best best is to first CLEAN THE SAIL TRACK, nothing will help more than that. Often you can find a foot of rope or dock line that can be jammed into the track with an uphaul and downhaul, run it up and down a few times to clean out the crud. (Or a rolled rag, whatever fits snugly in the track.) You may want to soak that in kerosene or WD40 or soapy water to help it get going.

After the track has been cleaned--use the Sailkote. There are also similar products sold in bicycle stores as chain lubes, same ingredients for the same reasons since the wax+krytox also won't stain white sails--or pant legs.

The wax eventually wears away pretty much clean, without trapping more dirt the way a grease product would.
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Sailkote is the real stuff! Thanks guys!

My sail now comes falling down right away as soon as I let go of the halyard, no tugging needed!
Just in case I plan to reapply it to sliders at least every few weeks (and to a track may be a few times a season).
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"My sail now comes falling down " Whiplash! Whiplash! (VBG)
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"My sail now comes falling down " Whiplash! Whiplash! (VBG)
Oops, what did I do?
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I gotta get some of this stuff.. my feet come off the deck I have to pull the main down so hard (and up so hard )


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I have used Elmers "slide all" which was the top pick in a Practical Sailor review.I have used Mclube in the past but the Elmers seems to work just as well ,was cheaper and available at hardware stores

that's been my experience, too, works as well as McLube and costs less.

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