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A couple of other suggestions for the main...
Someone makes a polymer sail track insert which, along with stainless slides, works great. I got mine from Doyle Sails but I bet any loft can do them.
You might consider lazy jacks. They make getting down the main much easier... or at least keep it fairly neat on the way down. I went the next step and got Doyle to install a system they call "stack pack" but that I've renamed "Luff 'n Stuff." Basically the system eliminates independent sail covers and attaches a permanent set of covers to the lazy jacks and to the sail, creating a bag that the sail falls into. No sail ties, no sail covers -- just luff up and stuff the sail into the pack.
Bellerophon, 46' staysail ketch
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