Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Do you spray the sailkote or use some sort of wick that you hoist up the slot?
Have done it both ways. Sometimes the best thing to do is just go aloft and clean the track. You can end up needing some type of solvent if it's really nasty from inappropriate lubricants being used in the past. It doesn't take me that long to go aloft so no big deal just going up the rig and spraying periodically.
On my own boats I rig a turning block that gives me a nice lead to the windlass
so if I have help, it goes really quickly. If you're going up using anything motorized, have the person on deck
stop periodically. You don't want to find out the switch or relay is faulty when you're a foot from the top. On some boats you can use a halyard winch
on the mast as a turning block to bring the halyard
to the windlass
. People have been gravely injured using powered devices for hauling a person aloft. It's essential that the person on deck
is thoroughly briefed on signals and how to kill power to the windlass.