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Re: Trouble raising the main, Capri 16.5
A little late to the discussion; but, this may help.
IF and only IF, your mainsail is made from woven dacron fabric, does NOT use plastic slugs, etc. to connect to the mast groove; but rather, the sleeve and the three-strand polyester-dacron rope thats inside the sleeve at the mainsail's luff is what fits into the mast slot/groove .............. then there is a strong possibility that the sail is OLD and the bolt rope has become severely shrunken and that dimensional change of the length of 'the rope' has caused the sleeve that covers that 'bolt rope' inside that frontal sleeve to be severely 'wrinkled'. Such wrinkling makes the luff bolt rope and sleeve 'much fatter' than what was OEM specified; plus, as a bolt rope (naturally) shrinks over time it also becomes much 'fatter'. Once this condition develops in 'bolt-rope loaded into the groove sails', they become VERY difficult to raise/lower.
If so, take the sail to a sail loft and have them replace and RE-SET the bolt-rope inside that luff sleeve. This is especially true for such woven dacron sails (with a 'bolt rope') that were constructed/lofted before ~1995-2000.
If no 'sleeve' and the bolt-rope is directly hand sewn to that rope .... a new sail would be cheaper than a 'repair'.
If you're an addicted DIYer, and the bolt-rope is inside a 'sleeve', send me a PM on this website; and, Ill explain in detail how a DIYer should do this. I'll need a few digital pics of the sail before I can offer a definitive DIY course of action.
Last edited by RichH; 11-18-2016 at 02:53 PM.