Most popular seems to be the Strong Track system
That is what I'm considering when I replace the main sail. Slugs just are too hard to handle with a full battens. I can lubricate using Sail Kote and it is easier but it does not last long. Fine for Wednesday night races but not on a long cruise
unless you do it every day.
I also looked at a Ronstan bat car system that uses external rollers on the mast and you don't need a new track (or insert). It could help if your main sail was new. The sail has to be reworked for the different batten cars and some systems don;t use slugs. Strong Systems just has perfected the track insert approach so it's a good refit
option. They have been well thought of at least 10 years that I know of.
I'm about ready to consider it safety
equipmnet. Going up on the dog house in a gale is not something I would ask Santa Claus to do.
I can't raise the sail from the cockpit
by hand, AT the mast I can get it a good chunk of the way. With batten cars I know the winch
in high speed would do the job fine. I could pull it manually by hand with better cars.
hand and it's hard enough but when the Admiral is aboard it's even harder.