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Barquito 09-13-2012 10:28 AM

lubing mast track
 
I forgot to lube the mast track when stick was on saw horses this past winter. I don't really want to climb the mast to spray it. Would it work to just stick some parafin wax on a few of the slugs and raise and lower the sail a few times?

PorFin 09-13-2012 10:46 AM

Re: lubing mast track
 
Might work, but probably not optimum. Parafin's a poor choice for lube; you'd be much better off going with something like BoeShield T9 or McLube's SailKote.

Take a gander at this thread for a "no climbing required" solution.

CapnBones 09-13-2012 10:54 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PorFin (Post 921776)
Might work, but probably not optimum. Parafin's a poor choice for lube; you'd be much better off going with something like BoeShield T9 or McLube's SailKote.

Take a gander at this thread for a "no climbing required" solution.

Sweet, I was going to look that same thread up. I am still amazed at that invention on there.

Squidd 09-13-2012 12:01 PM

Re: lubing mast track
 
Just squirt the first 6' or as high as you can reach on the mast track,, hitting the slugs with silicon spray and they'll carry it up the mast for you...

eherlihy 09-13-2012 12:48 PM

Re: lubing mast track
 
For your reading pleasure;
Quote:

I had some old track slides. I took 2 of them, and connected them with a 1" bar of aluminum. I then fit a piece of the really coarse (red) scotch-brite pad between them. Then, I taped an old hinge to the top of a can of McLube Sailcoat, so that when I pushed the hinge, it activates the sprayer. Finally, I taped the can of McLube to the 1" aluminum bar.

I attach a halyard to the top track slide, and a line to the bottom and feed the whole contraption into the track. I also have another line attached to the hinge, so that I can use the spray can remotely.

I pull the thing up and down the track a few times, so that the scotch brite can do it's thing, then, starting at the top, I pull the whole mess down the track while activating the sprayer.

Works like a champ!
Here are two pics;


From the side, you can see the inventive use of Duct tape.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z...ckcleanerb.jpg
I connect a halyard and downhaul onto that loop of string, and a piece of fishing line onto the hinge.

From the top;
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z...ckcleanera.jpg

My two posts edited into one.

eherlihy 09-13-2012 03:56 PM

Re: lubing mast track
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CapnBones (Post 921779)
Sweet, I was going to look that same thread up. I am still amazed at that invention on there.

I'll take that as a compliment:)

Thank you, but as I mentioned in the other thread, I was inspired by something that I read somewhere (but for the life of me I can't remember where:confused: - In the words of our former VP, "what a waste it is to lose one's mind":laugher)

Feel free to grant me rep. points though.:D

Barquito 09-13-2012 05:29 PM

Re: lubing mast track
 
PorFin - I remember that posting. However, I'm too lazy to put that together. I thought I read somewhere that parafin wax is used? Maybe that is a bit old-school (just a few months more advanced than whale blubber).

PorFin 09-13-2012 07:04 PM

Re: lubing mast track
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Barquito (Post 921934)
PorFin - I remember that posting. However, I'm too lazy to put that together. I thought I read somewhere that parafin wax is used? Maybe that is a bit old-school (just a few months more advanced than whale blubber).

The main drawback of parafin is that it will catch and hold airborne dust/salt/grit, which is what we're trying to fix in the first place...

The best option is something that will leave a very thin, dry film in place; parafin will leave a relatively thick coating which when warmed becomes a semi-liquid and thus a great place for all those grit particles to find a home.

You could try and cobble something less challenging together, but still using the halyard with a downhaul as your climbing monkey.

Barquito 09-14-2012 09:46 AM

Re: lubing mast track
 
Quote:

The best option is something that will leave a very thin, dry film in place; parafin will leave a relatively thick coating which when warmed becomes a semi-liquid and thus a great place for all those grit particles to find a home.
OK, I'm convinced. Looks like modern lube it is.

ebs001 09-14-2012 07:13 PM

Re: lubing mast track
 
I've put one of these gizmos on my t'do list when I go back to the boat for the winter.


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