I'm basically a nooby to CF although I've been a long time reader of many threads and a recent publisher of about 5 posts. I put up a link under the above title to show off my pride & joy. She is a Passage
24. A cute little boat
that I fell in love with long ago and eventually built up from a bare GRP hull
assembly over a great many years.
first touched water
about three weeks ago & we have only raised sail 3 times, one of those times was pre launch, on "the hard".
Being located in the PNW
we get very little wind
in many coastal areas, & such is the case where I am at Pt. Roberts, WA ... however, we took her out for an hour this evening on a bit of a shake-down just to see how "ready" we are to sail.
A major problem came to light with the mainsail
. The nylon slugs are extremely difficult to start up the mast
. The problem lies in the area of the sail entry device. It takes extreme effort on the part of my 50 y.o. son to cause the slugs to enter the integral mast
track of the 4 x 6 oval spar.
I should point out that I am using a fully reconditioned and powder coated Selden Spar from an older Vega 27 ... the only "used" item on the boat
. I have inspected the sail entry device and the track slot & see nothing that should prevent the slugs from sliding up the mast ... but they don't.
& slugs are all new, as is everything else on the boat. Even the spars (mast & boom) look new to the casual onlooker.
So I'm wondering if anyone else has run into a similar problem & if so, what did they do to overcome it? I have considered applying a touch of silicone but in what form? Spray - liquid - gel-cream - or other???
I intend to contact my sail-maker on the morrow to get his response on the matter. Meanwhile, I thought no harm posing the problem to the vast number of experts on CF, just in case my sail-maker has no answer to my problem ... besides which, I intend to go sailing this coming weekend & would like make things a little easier for my crew.