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lubricating traveler and genoa cars

What is the right lubricant to use on my traveler? WD-40? Can the same lube be used on the genoa car track? My traveler is so sticky it won't move without being pushed hard with my foot (not kicked). The genoa cars move well enough, but it seems to me they could move more easily. Also, while I'm on the subject, the dorade vents don't turn very well, what would be a good lube for that?
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I use sailkote for the cars and track. mine will slide like they are on ice if the pins are locked out.

Harken says to use it on anything that moves... not sure about clear hatch covers though.
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What is the right lubricant to use on my traveler? WD-40? Can the same lube be used on the genoa car track? My traveler is so sticky it won't move without being pushed hard with my foot (not kicked). The genoa cars move well enough, but it seems to me they could move more easily. Also, while I'm on the subject, the dorade vents don't turn very well, what would be a good lube for that?
Lanocote is good.......I'd not use WD40 as a lubricant....
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Lanocote is good.......I'd not use WD40 as a lubricant....
Wrongo old son. It attracts and retains grime as does WD40 and any oil based lube.

For these parts one wants/needs a dry lubricant. Drop Top had it right--SailKote. For further/added references see Harken and/or Lewmar's maintenance pages.
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Wrongo old son. It attracts and retains grime as does WD40 and any oil based lube.

For these parts one wants/needs a dry lubricant. Drop Top had it right--SailKote. For further/added references see Harken and/or Lewmar's maintenance pages.
bugger....

I hadn't thought to use SailKote genoa tracks etc.....to be honest I have used Lanocote and while yes it does cleaning off from time to time its nowhere near as bad as WD40.....
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Ok, I guess I'll have to pick up some SailKote. Thanks!
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...... And also McLube Sailkote for your sail tracks, boltropes, and slugs - raise without winching and drop like a stone
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McLube One Drop for both... if you're already to the point of kicking your traveller down, you're probably in the realm of very worn bearings. Time to replace them is my guess.
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