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Question Sticky mainsail

Most sailboats that I've been on have a mainsail that drops quite easily when the main halyard is released. On my boat I have to tug constantly and firmly to get it down. The mainsail is the type with runners attached to the luff which ride up and down a slot in the mast. Is there a marine silicone that can be sprayed onto the runners that will help them slide better or any other suggestions?
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Re: Sticky mainsail

Yes there a few sprays on the market for that. You may also want to make sure you have the right slides, sometimes people have the wrong ones and don't know it. You halyard may be hanging up also.

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Re: Sticky mainsail

Hey,

The stuff I use is called 'Sailkote' and it works very well. My mast comes down in the fall for winter storage. In the spring I spray the sail track liberally and the sail goes up and down very easily. Mid way through the sailing season it starts to slow down. I spray as much of the track as I can and that helps.

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Re: Sticky mainsail

Second on the Sailkote. Good stuff works well even if you just spray the sail slugs. You might also want to go up the mast and check the shivs(sp) at the top of the mast, if damaged that could also create similar problems.

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Sticky mainsail

Make sure your main sheet and outhaul are eased as well. They can put pressure on the slides if they are tight.
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Re: Sticky mainsail

Someone posted a method for spraying the slot by pulling a can up on a halyard. Don't remember how it was done.

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Re: Sticky mainsail

I squeezed a small wad of cloth betwwen the first two lugs that go up the mast. I then staurated the cloth with SailKote (Super Good Stuff BTW). Then, as the sail is raised and lowered it lubricates the track. I will occasionally re-apply as needed.
I have also heard of cutting small pieces of Dove soap from the bar and wedging into the track to clean and lubricate the same way. Leaves a little soap when it rains though.


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