Also, you have not mentioned if you raise the main from the mast or from the cockpit. Even though our halyards are led aft to the cockpit, we raise the main from the mast when conditions are not too lumpy and it makes raising a full battened main easier in my opinion.
I don't have a choice on this. The halyard
comes out the bottom of the mast and redirects to the cockpit.
I checked the sheaves and halyard this weekend. It appears that all is OK there. I was able to freely pull the halyard up and down with no appreciable sticking or problems.
So next would be to test the sail going up with the slugs removed from the track. Also thinking about the mainsheet and topping lift
. I of course am way too good to have those issues.......Though I had a sizable triangle cut out of the bottom of the main to allow clearance of my new bimini
. After a little more reflection. I may be trying to pull more sail aloft than there is now.
Thanks for the concepts and I'll check back on those ideas.