Tech Team - McLube Products

    McLube Products

    2/19/2019

    Harken has been distributing McLube products for a long time. In the beginning there was McLube® Sailkote™ dry lubricant spray, and we merrily sprayed everything to make it more slippery! With the success of Sailkote, McLube got to work developing new products specifically tailored for different applications.

    The original Sailkote works best on everything that slides. Try it on your spinnakers, luff tapes, and sliding  battcars. You'll be amazed at how it reduces friction. It sprays or wipes on, dries in seconds, and unlike oils, silicones and waxes, will not attract dirt and water contaminants. Here's another neat trick. Spray a little Sailkote on your telltales and they won't stick to your wet sail!

    OneDrop™ ball bearing conditioner is specifically formulated for things that roll: ball and roller bearings in blocks, traveler cars, and Harken Battcars. Make sure things are clean first, or you're defeating the purpose of lubricants. Use OneDrop in very small amounts (one drop in each bearing race - its name is its promise) and you'll see a significant reduction in friction under load. But use too much and the bearings may skid, rather than roll. So please curb your enthusiasm!

    McLube-Hullkote-application.jpgHullkote™ Speed Polish was introduced as an improved solution for people who were previously polishing their hulls with Sailkote. The result is a hard, lustrous, slippery finish that's very, very fast! Hullkote is easy to apply - one cloth with polish, one to wipe it off - in a classic “wax on, wax off” technique. There is no wax involved though! It also has a delightful whiff of citrus about it. Hullkote is principally used by dry-sailed boats and typically lasts for around 20 days of hard sailing. It is also excellent for keelboat regattas where the boat polish of choice for nearly all athletes competing in the 2019 Sailing World Cup in Miami.

    For boats that are sailed for longer periods or moored, McLube introduced Antifoul Alternative - a speed polish with all the same benefits as Hullkote, plus foul-release properties to prevent marine growth and slime from adhering for weeks. In a ringing endorsement, Antifoul Alternative is a recipient of Sail Magazines Innovative Product of the Year Award. McLube Antifoul Speed Polish was used by all winners and podium finishers over the past three consecutive Round the World Volvo Ocean Races.

    So to summarize use:

    • Sailkote for things that slide (including telltales)
    • OneDrop for things that roll (bearings in cars and blocks)
    • Hullkote for fast hulls
    • Antifoul Alternative for long-term events.

    McLube is a registered trademark of McGee Industries.
    Sailkote is a trademark of McLube, a division of McGee Industries
    OneDrop is a trademark of McLube, a division of McGee Industries.
    Hullkote is a trademark of McLube, a division of McGee Industries.

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