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Hoisting main single handed

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I'd look to reduce friction everywhere.

Clean the mast track.

Lube the cars, can of silicon spray.

Wash the halyard (can get grimmy and stiff)

Service and or lube every turning block, mast crane etc.

 

Best mileage should be in the mast track and cars.

 

Not sure where you got the idea racing solo is supposed to be a pleasant experince? It's supposed to be extremely hard physically, and you should get scared witless running your biggest gear and seeing how long you can hang on for, before having a class 1 cluster and wrecking something expensive. Only then will you get the sense of achievement possible with racing solo...

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I like Mates system.

What I did is add a cam cleat to the mast, not a big deal. You put it just off the fair lead of the halyard. Make a fairing block out of umpy or wood, or cast in situ with epoxy.

How big is the main we're talking about?

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I now use one of these;

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Milwaukee M28 right angle drill with the "cranker" replacement chuck. Works great! Still it around $1k . Also still need all the gear (halyards, sheeves, turning blocks, jammers) in good order, same with the winches. I used to do the main halyard manually with a jammer at the mast, now from the cockpit with this, takes only about 30secs....if that. :-)

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One of these → https://fostersshipchandlery.co.nz/collections/rope-jammers/products/cleatjammeduimblack     on the mast and off centre,  so as soon as you wind some tension on the halyard line it simply pops out and moves slightly to the side.   Works excellent for me once I figure the correct position out with lots of double sided tape.

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It’s only a 35 footer as stated above I’d say from experience that you’ve got a friction problem

On my 38ftr we needed two if not 3 to hoist the main until I got the sheaves changed in the mast (they looked ok from the outside but had flogged out internally) then I could hoist it 80% by hand standing in the cockpit and then just winch the last bit

Made a huge difference to how often I used the main cruising

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Lubricate with chain oiil on all moving parts, most often on the main slides, hanks and center boards. It doesnt evaporate like CRC and doesnt dry out like grease.

Do you mean chain wax, as in motorcycle chains, or just chain oil as in chainsaw chain oil???

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