Re: [Amel] mast mainsail furler foil

Alan Leslie

I never use WD40 for anything on the boat.

WD40 is hydrophilic, means it attracts water. If you clean a piece of steel with a wire brush and then spray it with WD40, in 3 months it will be rusty.

Other products, like INOX (lanolin based), are hydrophobic and repel water. I have steel tools that I cleaned with a wire brush and then soaked in INOX years ago, that are still perfect.

INOX is an Australian product, don't know if it's available elsewhere.

Elyse SM437

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Sailorman <kimberlite@...> wrote:


I would clean the foil with a small very stiff brush, possibly stainless and
soap and water to remove salt and the WD40. I believe you should be using a
dry silicone spray like sailcote and not an oily substance like WD40 as dirt
will stick to the WD40.

Fair Winds



From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of wintherdeb
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:58 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel] mast mainsail furler foil

We flushed it with WD40 and released the swivel so it comes down but the
technicians think the foil is scarred. It looks like the swivel is ok but
will give it a good flush and cleaning. We are wondering if anyone has had a
similar problem. Does anyone know of a replacement foil available for what
we believe to be a Nirvana foil? Will have the technician check with Amel in
Hyeres but appreciate any suggestions.
Deb & Mike
s/v Coriandre SM '93

--- In amelyachtowners@...
<> , Richard03801 <richard03801@>

Hi what is blocking the track. If it is dirt and salt why not go up with a
hose and wash it out?

Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Jun 11, 2013, at 4:26, "wintherdeb" <wintherdeb@> wrote:

Does anyone know if the mast needs to be dismantled in order to
replace/repair the foil on the mainsail furler? We tried to hoist a new
mainsail on our SM '93 and the swivel got stuck about 20cm from the top and
wouldn't budge. Some guys went up to have a check and after freeing up the
swivel (24hrs after spraying with WD40 and a bit of pounding with a rubber
hammer did the trick)they think it is the foil. We probably need to have a
crane take off the mast in order to get it repaired. Is there any other way
(via the top?) this can be done? We are guessing the cause is wear and tear
- it is the first time the mainsail has been changed, also perhaps salt and
sand getting into the mast? We are debating whether to go through the
process of a dismantle depending on time factor or putting old sail back on
(up to point swivel got stuck - will have to get some of old sail shortened)
to get through season and then have done next winter. Our main question is
whether the mast has to be dismantled in order to fix the problem or if
there is a simpler way?
Deb & Mike
s/v Coriandre '93 SM

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