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Lubricating sail slide

I still have the sails off after Earl (with IGOR and Julia bearing down), so I washed and inspected them. For Washing I just used a mild soap and a brush. It took out some of the dirt, but not the stains or small spots of mildew. I was reluctant to use a stronger cleaning agent on the Dacron as I don't really have a good rinsing process.

Anyway, I cleaned the sail slides on the main. The looked like they had some type of lubricant on them (dark maybe graphite?) or they were just dirty.



What is recommended to use to lubricate them before remounting them in the Aluminum mast? I have read some people just use soap, but it would seem this would just wash away and need constant re-application (maybe this is the answer anyway)?

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Sailkote

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Sailkote for sure, or beeswax, I think beeswax last a little longer, but I use the snot out of McLube also
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Cut a piece of soap with dimensions near to your plastic cars on the sail. Insert it after the uppermost car on the track. It will move up and down with your sail. It will lubricate your track and clean it everytime you hoist your sail..
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I'd third the recommendation of SailKote. It is one of the few lubricants that won't attract dirt or get gummy.
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..... And a 4th for McLube Sailkote. When I'm spraying and hoisting the slugs in the spring by the time I get to the last few my fingers are so - dry - slippery from overspray that I can barely grip anything. My fairly short, but full battened main, hoists as fast as I can pull without winching all the way to the top and drops like a stone. And..... if you have the halyard led to the cockpit spray your block's bearings with it also ....... all blocks for that matter.
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Sailkote or DriSlide if your like me and understand that not everything in the marine industry was invented by the marine industry. Any clear molybdenum sulfide lube will work.

Works best if your sail track is clean. I run a lube saturated swab up the track now and then. Keeps the track clean and coats the painted groove at the same time.
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Plastic slides rarely need lube it is the aluminum slug groove that needs cleaning and lube the most. I use Sailkote & my shotgun cleaning kit.



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You should not use it one time only, but regularly, when you fell that the mainsail is not going up as easy as usual.
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Great thanks, I will look for SailKote and give it a try.
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