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03-14-2012 02:31 AM
INMA
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

Release the outhaul. Tension on the outhaul can increase the load on the lower slugs.
03-13-2012 10:07 PM
nodders
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

thanks for all the suggestions! Unfortunately I won't be able to report on what works until the first week of May - currently on the hard and launch is April 28! On the plus side it makes it easier to muck around with the mast when it is horizontal and 2 1/2 feet off the ground. Not a big fan of heights....
03-13-2012 09:43 PM
knothead
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

I tried like hell to think of something that everyone else here didn't. No luck.

Nodder, have you figured it out yet?
03-13-2012 08:53 PM
charisma94
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

Increased halyard diameter due to splice bury? If it's a rope halyard of course...
03-11-2012 11:00 AM
RichH
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

1. make sure mainsheet, vang, cunningham, etc. are free to run.
2. clean the track and apply lube (McLube or candle wax rubbed on)
3. replace 'thinned out' slugs / clean the 'slugs'
3a. after clean and lubed track, with binoculars, watch for slugs 'toggling' in the track - change the slug binding / slug shackle or slug binding tape or twine to let the slug become 'more free' in the track
4. If the halyard eye splice has become 'fatter' than original, with the binoculars, watch to see if the 'fattened' eyesplice is 'jamming' in the sheeve at the top of the mast. Put a mark AT the non-spliced part of 'working end' of the halyard, raise the halyard with 'rope' attached instead of sail and WATCH to see if the splice is or isnt 'jamming' in the top sheeve. If so, replace the halyard (next to impossible to make a new eyesplice in an 'old' line) and use smaller diameter but 'stronger' high tech halyard line.
5. Replace the 2 slugs that are attached to the 'headboard' with teflon coated, extra long, 'clew slugs'. If only 1 slug mounted to the headboard, add an additional slug ... as far away from the original slug as possible.
6. once the track is cleaned and dry-lubed and free of oxidation, bird ****, and mud daubers ... carve a paraffin candle to the exact diameter of the slug and put it between the top-two slugs in the track ... will lube the track every time you raise the sail.
7. If the track is worn out and corroded beyond the depth of the anodizing, and has LOTS of surface corrosion, roughness, etc., then consider an external StrongTrack system (VERY expensive).
03-10-2012 09:36 PM
lynxcat319
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

A really quick fix is to place a birthday candle in between the first couple of slugs as you feed it in the track.do this on a warm day and the candle will lubricate alot of track and the string will blow away
03-10-2012 07:44 PM
captflood
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS As the Man says don't force it get a bigger hammer. It's just a matter of illimination of all the factors well done on finding yours was the winch , a volanteer is worth ten presst men but ten presset men is a LOT MORE MUSLE. LOL. GO SAFE
03-10-2012 07:36 PM
jrd22
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

I had difficulty with the last 10 feet or so of the main, checked that everything was OK and it was still almost at the point of maxing out the two speed winch to get it all the way up. After eliminating everything else I concluded that it was a problem with the winch itself. A couple of new bearings and lube and the sail goes up fairly easily now, for a heavy three reef offshore main.
03-10-2012 07:21 PM
captflood
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS; OK back to basics, is the sail correct for the boat, is the boom set correctly on the mast is there a slide on the boom up and down the mast ? is cunningham, boom vang, boom down haul, reefing lines, all slack ? has the sail snaged the reefing horn on the way up? have you sent up a single slide on a down haul up to the top have you use any washing up liquid as a lube ? is the bolt rope in good contition ? All that will keep you busy for a day enjoy GO SAFE
03-06-2012 02:51 PM
Sailormon6
Re: difficulty raising mainsail the last few feet

Check the turning block, at the base of the mast, that leads the halyard back to the cockpit. Mine got twisted, and just needed to be turned straight.
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