Sail slides sticking

pompeydave

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Hi all, I’ve got a Trapper TS240 with a new mainsail just fitted. The sailmaker fitted new slides also and they slide up and down the mast slot ok, but any breeze pushes the sail away from the mast and seems to jam the slides in the slot making raising the sail a difficult two man job with one on the winch winding hard and the other at the mast trying to ease the slides through the gate at the bottom of the mast and further up as the sail is raised. The halyard is in good condition and when disconnected from the sail goes up and down with ease. Do the slides need lubricating? Are there any better slides out there than the usual white plastic ones I’ve got?
 

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Hi pompeydave, you might find more response if you move this post out of the motor boat forum and into the reader to reader thread or scuttlebutt, both of which are frequented by the sailing community.
 
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c.buck

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definitely use McLube or something similar on the mast track...
Failing that... have you tried reversing whilst head to wind (backing down) when hoisting? takes all the load out of the main and should go up and down a dream!
 
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