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Old 11-10-2016, 08:29   #1
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How to take the mainsail off

I am really embarrassed to ask this question having sailed for 55 years and had about a dozen boats I have owned.

How does one get the cars off the track, or do you take the sail off the car. I have the non square top main, see pictures of car.
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Old 11-10-2016, 14:33   #2
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Re: How to take the mainsail off

Use an Allen key to undo grub screw in car - SS pin in car will then slide up allowing sail to be detached from car.

Other method is to remove car from track ( by removing a small section of track - you will see joins in lower section of track, showing which section can easily be removed). Caution doing this as all plastic ball bearings will fall out if not very very careful.




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Re: How to take the mainsail off

thanks. Are you talking about the allen key in the car on the front, in my first picture, looking head on to the mast?

What about taking out the bolt that looks like it is holding the batten to the car?

And what about the line that looks like it is every other batten?

Appreciate your help.
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How to take the mainsail off

feebs got it!
We disconnected our battens this way a few weeks back. Take care not to drop the two adjoining washers. We also numbered each car to matching pin....just in case.

Jbini, take out the cap screw (allen/hex) that is directly above the swivel. Then the pin will drop out, sometimes by taping it with a screw driver from above.

The line that is every second car is a shock cord. For these cars only remove the shockcord. No need to remove the pin on these.

This looks like a ZDiffusion mast.
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Re: How to take the mainsail off

Yes that is Allen key I am referring to.

Bolt can also be removed - my L400 has a different bolt - Nylock on one side & a M5 or M4 on the other side which I have removed leaving pin in batten end - when reinstalling, don't screw this pin all the way in, as there needs to be freedom such that batten end can turn about a turn or so each way.

For cords these can just be untied.



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Re: How to take the mainsail off

Yep leave the cars on the mast track. Saves a lot of mucking around.


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Yes that is Allen key I am referring to.

Bolt can also be removed - my L400 has a different bolt - Nylock on one side & a M5 or M4 on the other side which I have removed leaving pin in batten end - when reinstalling, don't screw this pin all the way in, as there needs to be freedom such that batten end can turn about a turn or so each way.

For cords these can just be untied.

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Thanks. It doesn't actually look like I can take the 'swivel' off of the batten. The pin that goes thru the batten attaching it to the swivel on mine doesn't seem to be either allen or anything. Just a circle with no gripping on either side.

Understand I can take swivel out of car by extracting hex screw at the top of the car, but figured I would be able to just un connect batten from all the metal. Maybe that can't be done?
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That's right - metal going into batten is on a thread, so needs to be rotated to be removed.


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Re: How to take the mainsail off

The only time I took my harken car off the track I ended up with torlon balls all over the deck!
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