Originally Posted by mestrezat
My boat has Strong Track on the mast for raising the mainsail
. I've owned the boat for the past year and it has been a bear to get the main up to the top of the mast since day one. It's not real bad till I get it about 8-10 feet from the top and then it binds up and is a lot harder to get up(yeah I know its heavy). Even with me at the mast pulling down on the halyard and my wife at a winch
, it is still everything we can do to get it up to the top. I just had all the standing rigging
replaced and it is still tough getting it to the top.
The mast is nice and straight so that's not the problem.
I bought my boat about 7 years ago and had the same problem as you from the start. I tried all the usual things including a new halyard etc. I finally decided on a Strong Track system which I bought from SailCare. They are the same company that cleans and refurbishes sails
. I sent them my main for them to do the modifications required for using the track.
After installing the track system I was really disappointed. The main dropped easily but still raised really hard. Had to use the winch
and couldn't ever consider single
handling the boat.
I posted my problem all over the place and got all the same answers you did in your postings.
Then one day I had an idea. Could the full length batten tension be working in reverse. In other words just as the battens force the roach out, couldn't they be forcing the slides into the back of the track? Just about the same time one of my responders on SailboatOwners.com posted that he thought the problem was the battens.
He suggested that I remove the battens and try hoisting the main and see what happens. I removed the battens and lubed up the slides with McLube and the thing flew up the mast.
When SailCare did the modifications on my main they put velcro closures on the aft end of the batten pockets. When I originally installed the battens I thought 'the tighter the better' because I didn't want to lose one. Wrong! The battens should be lubed with McLube before being replaced in the pockets and then slid in just enough to eliminate any wrinkles in the batten pocket. The lube helps the batten 'pop' when the sail shape reverses.
The big test will see if this works over the long run but so far, the sail raises by hand with just a little effort when directly into the wind
. I have lazy jacks that I don't like to slacken so if she is not pointed directly into the wind
the battens will catch on the jacks so that is a good indication on my boat that I am not dead into the wind.
I believe the same thing was happening before the track system was installed and it was even worse because their was absolutely no way to retension the battens short of cutting them. They were captive between the fore sail slides and the aft batten pocket enclosures. These enclosures were screwed closed so the battens couldn't be touched.
I now see where there are enclosures that have a tensioning screw in them and even a line activated system for releasing batten tension on high performance rigs.
I hope this solves your problem..let me know.
P.S. I tried sending you a message but I am a new member
and the system wouldn't all it.