Stus-List Clean your mast slot before stepping...

Joel Aronson joel.aronson at gmail.com
Mon May 14 09:33:26 EDT 2012


There was a recent thread on the subject on Sailnet.  Scotch pads seem to
be the tool of choice.  One guy used slides, a metal bar, can of saikote
and a hinge to rig something he could hoist and spray the track with!

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 6:11 AM, Indigo <indigo at thethomsons.us> wrote:

> When commissioning Indigo I use a mainsail slug wrapped in thin lint-free
> cotton cloth to clean out the track. Attached to the halyard (and of course
> a down-haul) I send it up the track "dry" once to pick up the dust and
> such, and then with a clean piece of cloth sprayed with Sailkote. My main
> then goes up and down effortlessly. I do the same for my head foil using a
> short piece of lufftape squired from my sailmaker
>
> -
> Jonathan
> Indigo 35III
> Southport CT
>
> On May 13, 2012, at 23:07, Jeff Cole <cnclists at sailmasala.com> wrote:
>
> > I learned the hard way today as we took Masala for her first sail in two
> seasons that the mast slot may need cleaning from time to time.  If it's
> full of cobwebs, cocoons or other crap, you might find yourself like I was
> today - out sailing in a 5 knot breeze with a reefed main.  Too much crap
> in the slot to get it hoisted all the way.
> >
> > Oh well, at least now I have an excuse to go to the mast head next
> weekend.  I'll have to remember to take a phone and get some pictures.
> >
> > Otherwise, it was a nice little test sail - lots of sunshine, crystal
> clear water (I can see bottom easily in 20+ feet) and a gentle breeze let
> us check things out.
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Jeff
> > 1979 C&C Landfall 38 hull #13 "Masala", at Wiarton, Ontario
> >
> >
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