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Popeye

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Free running sail sheets (lines)?????
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:37:17 PM »

Advise needed please.

The mainsheet line on one of my models is  tending to bind somewhere within the straight tube (conduit) within which it is routed , and  I've been unable to find a solution to the problem , despite inspecting the line (good condition and fray free - try say that with yer teeth out!) {-), and checking that there is no blockage or obstruction within the tube

Question:
Can any kind and knowledgable soul offer advise on the best method of 'lubricating' the sheet/line (1mm Dacron sourced from a leading model racing yacht/fittings retailer) to improve it's free-running quality without impairing its suppleness???? 

Thanks in anticipation for any positive response.

Popeye
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bbdave

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Re: Free running sail sheets (lines)?????
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2008, 07:24:35 AM »

If the tube is clear and the line in good condition are you sure thats where it is binding? could there be a groove worn in the end which the line is catching on?
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Re: Free running sail sheets (lines)?????
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008, 10:48:05 AM »

Isthe line kinking? If soi tmay be because it is twisted.If so remove the sail arm from the servo and rotate to untwist then re attach. This   may help
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Islander1951

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Re: Free running sail sheets (lines)?????
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008, 08:56:50 PM »

I use braided fishing line made by a leading US supplier of reels and rods, this is 80 lb rated and is a lot thinner than the sheets that you are using.
No problems with kinking or binding. O0
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Re: Free running sail sheets (lines)?????
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008, 02:37:21 PM »

Hi I am surprised it is binding, have you any sharp corners in the run?  I curve the plastic tubes I use so that all outside sheet runs are straight.  That is I curve the tube so that an end or a bend is like a stationary pulley.  I assume you do not have any screw-eyes in the run as they absorb an enormous amount of energy.
Failing that pencil led (graphite) rubbed on the line, should make a good dry lubricant.
Regards Roy
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