One other suggestion is to use Sailkote instead of silicon. Sailkote is a dry lube that really makes the luff slick. I also use it on the traveler, rudder cams and spin snuffer/sail. Spray your luff track good several times while down, you will be surprised how much easier raising the main will be. I raise mine with one pulling and another feeding the sail in the luff track. I have removed the flapper on all my masts, I hated that thing. Makes it easy to drop the sail but a pain in the butt to engage, just turn the mast port to engage and starboard to disengage without it.