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05-07-2012 11:22 AM
jrd22
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

Lopezian- I've had pretty good luck just spraying each slug as it goes up liberally with McLube, do it several times and it loosens things up. I've also heard of using a piece of sponge soaked in McLube, stick it in the track between two slugs on the sail and run it up.

Love the spray can device, anything that incorporates duct tape isn't over engineered in my book. I like it.
05-07-2012 04:42 AM
eherlihy
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

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Originally Posted by Lopezian View Post

(BTW, though, where do you insert the Scotchbrite?)
Thanks!


The Scotchbrite - trimmed to fit the width of the track, goes in between the two sail track slides. The pad that I use is actually from a floor sander.

Go to Home Depot, in the tool rental section, and you can buy them. It is the red thing in this pic;

They are about 1" thick, and 12" x 18" in size. One pad will give you enough pads to outlast your boat.
05-07-2012 01:34 AM
Lopezian
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

eherlihy:

Our granddaughter invented a wonderful word that describes your instrument precisely.

What an ingenious RIGMENT!

(BTW, though, where do you insert the Scotchbrite?)

Awesome, simply awesome.
05-07-2012 12:49 AM
PorFin
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Wow, I'm in awe of this. I can't decide if it's genius or just waaay to over-engineered.

MedSailor
Med,

To my eye, it's a wonderful device.

If it were over-engineered, there would be:
o Stainless hose clamps instead of the duct tape;
o Two different spray settings (stream and fan, possibly necessitating a second bottle set up)
o A micro-adjustable stand-off setting between the can and the slugs; and
o A weatherproof enclosure to make sure everything stays dry.

Needless to say, those would be the MILSPEC's.
05-07-2012 12:35 AM
MedSailor
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
Here are two pics;


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

I connect a halyard and downhaul onto that loop of string, and a piece of fishing line onto the hinge.

From the top;


Note that my boat is still covered, as I will be doing additional work to her before she is splashed. That 2x4 is part of the frame for the cover.
Wow, I'm in awe of this. I can't decide if it's genius or just waaay to over-engineered.

MedSailor
05-06-2012 07:48 PM
eherlihy
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

Here are two pics;


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

I connect a halyard and downhaul onto that loop of string, and a piece of fishing line onto the hinge.

From the top;


Note that my boat is still covered, as I will be doing additional work to her before she is splashed. That 2x4 is part of the frame for the cover.
05-04-2012 02:25 PM
eherlihy
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

I didn't think this thing up myself... but I don't remember where I got the idea.

Also - If I remember the next time that I'm on the boat I will take a pic.
05-04-2012 01:39 PM
eherlihy
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

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!
05-04-2012 01:30 PM
Barquito
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

Hire some punk teenager to go up the stick with said can of spray lube.
05-04-2012 09:15 AM
PorFin
Re: Cleaning internal sail track

Once you get it clean, spray some lubricant (McLube Sailkote or similar) along the track.

You may also want to inspect your slugs/slides -- they may be overdue for replacement.
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