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Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet
If the luff seems tight as you do this, then it's probably a lower slide/slug binding as BP suggests.. if the luff is not tensioning then an upper slide/slug, or as Travlin' suggests, something in the upper section of the track.
Some lube on the slugs and into the track may help..
One other thing to look for.. make sure you're using the right hole in the headboard. On some boats the 'pull' gets so far off axis that it's trying to pull the sail out of the track the last bit adding friction - this can happen if the sheave outlet is some distance from the mast and you're using the closest hole on the headboard.
Since this is a recent development it's likely dirt/drag or a damaged slide.
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