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03-03-2008 10:51 AM
Maine Sail
I agree..

I agree you want to use a "dry" lube. Using silicone will appear to work for a while but it will eventually attract dust and dirt and most likely leave you worse off.

McLube is the preferred product. I've been using it for years and it is neat, clean, lubes well and is "drip free" meaning it does not stain your decks like WD-40 will as it runs out of the mast track in the rain..

As others have said clean the track first!
03-03-2008 10:45 AM
Spiritman Uh... Well that didn't work as I'd expected!

You might want to look into the Tides Marine Strong Track system. I've had one on my Cal 34 for five years now with no complaints.

Tides Marine Dripless Shaft Seals Rudder Ports Rudder Bearings and Sail Track
03-03-2008 10:38 AM
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03-03-2008 10:20 AM
T34C I have to agree with Jeff on this one. You really nead to clean the track first, then lube.

Try using a slug with a little bit of a rag wrapped around it. Attach to halyard to raise it up the track and a small line also attach to bring it back down. Coat the rag with something like WD40 and pull it up and down the track as needed to clean. You may need to change rags a few times. When you feel the track is pretty clean, replace rag and now coat with Sailkote, hoist and retrieve a couple times. Should be good to go.
03-03-2008 09:54 AM
sailingdog The only problem with liquid dish soap, is that if there is enough to work properly, there is usually enough to turn into a nasty gummy mess.
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If all else fails and the other products are not at hand a few drops of liquid dish soap works great and will actualy clean the dirt off the track.

SawWhet
03-02-2008 07:03 PM
Jeff_H Often a sticking mainsail is the result of goop building up in the luff track, so the first step is to clean out the track. I have used Sailcote or simple silicone spray with great results. I have used a bloeshield product with good results. I have heard folks talk about using liquid soap but personally had terrible results when I actually used it having to go up the mast to clean the mess out.

Jeff
03-02-2008 06:06 PM
SawWhet
Sticking Main

If all else fails and the other products are not at hand a few drops of liquid dish soap works great and will actualy clean the dirt off the track.

SawWhet
03-02-2008 05:57 PM
sailingdog The spray can is nice, but really expensive compared to the bottles of the the stuff. If you need it to be applied in a fine mist, go to your local kitchen supply store and buy an oil mister bottle, and use that.
03-02-2008 05:55 PM
fireman181 Thanks, I wondered about sailkote.........
03-02-2008 05:33 PM
sailingdog I'd second the McLube SailKote recommendation. Good stuff. Buy it in the big bottle and use a spray bottle to apply it.
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