I bought a 1985 H18. What should I use to lubricate the old blocks? What should I use to lubricate the track along the back edge of the rear crossbar where the car slides? It is sticky and gets bound up at times.
McLube SailKote. Two thin layers in the rear cross bar track.
Other tips to help your traveller move easier:
- Sheet out the main some before releasing - the sail then pulls the traveller and there is less upward tension causing friction.
- Use a skiny line for the traveller sheet - it sheets out much better than using the end of the main sheet.
- Replace the bullseye fairlead on the traveller rotating cleat with the roller version in the Murrays catalogue. Much less friction - especially if you McLube the rollers.
- Finally - replace the slugs if they are worn (but look out - based on another thread in this forum some of the stock may be a little oversize).
I use McLube on the blocks as well. I use it everywhere (even on masts and cross bars to keep them clean). I have known sailors submerege their spinnakers in a sink full of McLube. (this is expensive and with silicon impreganted cloth it is unecessary).