> How will you solve the slippery abrasive problem when sand embeds in the
> teflon. Teflon insulating tape that I have seen is fairly low durometer
> (soft) and will soak up and hold sand/dust like a sponge...
I totally agree with you. The embedding problem is just half the
problem... when the teflon tears the adhesive backing will become a sand
magnet. You probably missed my first reply to the thread regarding my use of
Teflon for uni/cup washers...it makes a slippery grinding disc. The webbing
has the same embedding potential but to a lesser degree. I use the webbing
option and it seems to help. I use the webbing for wear minimization - not
friction reduction. Teflon mold release would help for friction reduction as
well as Silicone oil that one poster noted.
My reply to the Windwing/Waddell user (probably a different Subject title) was
TO USE WEBBING BETWEEN THE MAST AND CAMBERS. Windwing/Waddell/Aerotech cambers
are a one-piece rigid thermoplastic. It's a simple elegant design...glued to
the batten so it doesn't fall off, only 1-piece, and they don't break (early
versions did). They do have one problem: The mast will become worn if you get
a lot of sand in the luff sleeve. The webbing helps minimize the problem.
My post for the source of Teflon tape was just a courtesy for those that wanted
to experiment with the stuff. It does have other great uses though.
Hope that clears up any misunderstanding.