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

Jeff Cole cnclists at
Tue May 22 20:53:23 EDT 2012

I cleaned my mast track the hard way on Saturday morning.  I climbed up 
to the 45 foot level, and hacked away with a screwdriver for several 
minutes at the accumulated plant material, mud and other crap, letting 
several handfuls of it all drop onto my dear wife who was tailing the 
halyard for me.  I think a bird must have tried to build a nest on it 
when it was on the hard.

Thanks to a PO who installed permanent steps all the way up, this a 
tolerable job, not a cause for divorce.  I once again forgot to take my 
camera, so will look for an excuse to go to the masthead next weekend 
and take pictures.

But was it ever nice to have a full main!  With maybe 8 knots of breeze, 
we beat to windward for a few hours on Saturday afternoon.  Passed and 
did a horizon job on a Catalina in just a few tacks in the mile-wide 
bay.  The helm balanced so nicely we could practically ignore the wheel.

Sailing a C&C Yachts product can be very satisfying indeed.

1979 C&C Landfall 38 "Masala", Wiarton, Ontario

On 5/14/2012 6:11 AM, Indigo 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>  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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