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SailKote User Testimonials

Whether you're out day sailing or racing a Sailboard, Laser, One-Design Keelboat, or America's Cup Yacht, Sailkote can make a significant difference in boat and crew performance. Here are some ideas from the experts on how to get the most from your boat and maximize your sailing performance and pleasure.
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"We used the McLube in the following specific applications to help us win the 2004 J/24 World Championship:
  • Entire hull to shed excess water, keep clean and repel oil deposits, dirt and grime
  • Keel and rudder to help shed kelp and minimize growth adhesion
  • All deck hardware including blocks, traveler and genoa tracks, spin pole end fittings....caution, do not spray on deck or pole itself.
  • Mast track and mainsail luff tape, mainsail foot tape for ease of movement
  • Telltales and the surrounding surface area of sail"
    -Jens Hookanson, 2004 J/24 World Champion
"We didn't use any bottom paint at all on Assa Abloy... we coated the entire hull with Sailkote prior to the Volvo Ocean Race... this was one of the secrets to our success."
-Chris Larson, Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, J/24 World Champion, VOR 60 helmsman
"No matter whether we're racing the Olympic 49er, America's Cup boat, or just out cruising, we consistently rely on Sailkote to minimize friction and help everything run more smoothly with all onboard systems."
-Jonathan and Charlie McKee Olympic Gold and Bronze Medallists, 49er World Champions, AC experts
"We used Sailkote on the hull during the 2000 Etchells Worlds and we won without having to sail the last race! Now I always insist that my hull is McLubed before any major championship."
-Vince Brun, North Sails, Etchells, Melges 24, Star and Soling Class World Champion
"When I'm competing along onboard the 6.5 Meter class boats in Europe, I have complete confidence in Team McLube Sailkote. When sailing alone, you don't have time to re-lube anything. With McLube, I simply coat EVERYTHING onboard ONE TIME, and then I know I'm covered for the entire season."
-Jonathan McKee, Dual Olympic Medallist, Multi-class World Champion, recent solo sailing adventurer
"Over the past year we have coated approximately 55.000 sg.ft. of sails with great results. As more and more sails are made with laminates the sailmaking industry needs a sure and economical way of combating the inherent problem of mildew. Cloth manufacturers offer a product that inhibits the mildew growth, but they’re water based and not permanent. Team McLube Sailkote PLUS not only prevents mildew, but due to the lower friction of the sail surface roller furling headsails and mainsails roll up easier and in a smaller circumference."
-Jeff Andersen, North Sails, Portsmouth, NH
"Sailkote is a fantastic product. I use it on my Star, and on every boat I sail on. We used it onboard Stars and Stripes in the most recent AC...we lubed the mainsail battens which allow for a minimal tension adjustments and it eliminates any binding inside the batten pockets. Easier tacking and gybing in light air, and it allows adjustment for precise sail shape and tension in all conditions. Sailkote is a must for success!"
-Terry Hutchinson, Multi-class World Champion, US Sailing Team-Star class, VOR and AC expert
"My two favorite McLube applications on my 49er are; the foils so kelp slips off quickly and we also coat the whole spinnaker so there is less friction in the sets, gybes, and takedowns... everyone at the Olympic level uses McLube. At this level of the game, if you're not fully McLube'd, you're probably not near the top of the scoreboard."
-Dalton Bergan, US Sailing Team-49er class
"We find McLube really helps to make things slick, especially since the Olympic Tornado class has added the snuffer systems to the boat to retrieve the spinnakers. With all the friction involved, McLube helps to get the job done quicker when you are collecting the spinnaker into the snuffer."
-Robbie Daniel and Eric Jacobsen, #1 Ranked US Tornado Team, US Sailing Team
"I have used McLube on everything... Lasers, Ynglings, Whitbread 60's, and IACC boats. Under the extreme loads and harsh conditions on the big boats I have not had any problems with the lube breaking down. Unlike traditional oil or grease based lubricants the dry lube does not melt, or disperse under load. I make sure there is a can in my sailing bag everywhere I go. There is always something that will work a little easier with a quick dose of McLube."
-Joan Touchette, US Sailing Team-Yngling class, VOR and AC expert
"McLube is one of my most universal tools, inshore or offshore. Whether I'm McLubing my 49er spinnaker or the TP52 headfoil It's so slippery you can't help but to go fast."
-Paul Allen, US Sailing Team-49er Class
"I rely on Team McLube Sailkote dry film lubricant to keep all deck gear and rigging clean, and running smoothly."
-Ellen MacArthur, Solo Ocean Racing expert
"I've been a big fan of Team McLube Sailkote for years. I've used it on everything from the dagger boards on our huge round the world catamaran, to the spinnaker on my 49er, and McLube works great and lasts long too."
-Cam Lewis, Multi-class world champion and skipper of Team Adventure in The Race, 2000
"What a huge difference! We Sailkote our rudder and centerboard regularly so the kelp and weeds don't stay on the blades while we're racing. It really helps to make the centerboard easier to raise and lower under pressure."
-Howie Hamlin and Mike Martin, 505 and Aussie 18' Skiff World Champions
"We've been using Sailkote for years, but now that the Olympic Tornado Class allows a huge spinnaker, we tested Sailkote on our spinnaker, snuffer, and even on our jib... What a huge difference! Sailkote cut the friction by more than half... Thank you!"
-Charlie Ogletree and John Lovell, Olympians, US Sailing Team, multihull and monohull experts
"We spray Sailkote on our hull, centerboard and nearly every piece of rigging that moves. We wouldn't go sailing without it!"
-Pease & Jay Glaser, both Olympic Medalists and US Sailing Team
"Team McLube Sailkote was all over my equipment at the A-Class worlds. I started using it on the mast track, and then found many other great applications... I even coated my full length battens to help them flip through tack to tack easier...great stuff!"
-Pete Melvin, Olympian, A-Class Catamaran World Champion and top multihull designer
"We used your secret stuff on clew area of the Schock 35 genoa at the Lipton Cup and the genoa flew past the mast for great tacks. I like it!!"
-Robbie Haines, North Sails, winner of the Lipton Cup, Soling Gold Medallist
"Reducing friction is the key to efficiency. I learned about Sailkote during my Olympic campaign, and you can bet that I'll continue to have Team McLube onboard whenever we go racing."
-Ed Baird, Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Laser, J/24, Match Racing World Champion, AC expert
"Once we sprayed our old J-120 kite, we immediately noticed a tremendous difference in how easy the big asymmetrical sail was to hoist and gybe especially when wet. I am very impressed."
-Steve Beck, Ullman Sails, J-120 class expert
"In addition to Olympic coaching, I've been sailing my Vanguard 15 quite a bit lately and I'm using Sailkote like I own the company! I always coat the daggerboard so it can easily be moved at anytime."
-Luther Carpenter, US Olympic Sailing Coach
"I apply Sailkote to my traveller, downhaul, outhaul and boomvang conrol lines, mast, boom, hull rudder, daggerboard and sail. End results: my controls are much easier to crank on in breezy conditions when they are heavily loaded."
Nick Adamson (Laser Class Representative, 1996 US Olympic Team)
"We coated the entire hull with Sailkote prior to the Volvo/Whitbread start...We checked the hull and sponged it off at each stopover, and more than 15,000 miles later in Auckland, NZL did we finally feel it was time to re-coat the hull and blades. That one re-coating lasted us all the way to the finish!"
James Carrington, crew of Silk Cut Whitbread 60
"If we had it to do all over again, we would go without any bottompaint at all, and just use Sailkote."
Jez Fanstone, crew of Silk Cut Whitbread 60
"We used your secret stuff on clew area of the Schock 35 genoa at the Lipton Cup and thought the genoa flew past the mast for great tacks. I like it!!"
Robbie Haines, North Sails, winner of the 1998 Lipton Cup sailed in Schock-35's.
"I've been a big fan of Team McLube Sailkote for years. I've used it on everything from the daggerboards n our huge round the world catamaran, to the spinnaker on my Olympic 49er, and McLube works great and lasts long too. You can bet we'll be using lots of Sailkote aboard our monster multihull in The Race coming up."
Cam Lewis, Mutlihull ocean racing expert The Race, 2000
"I use Sailkote on every boat I sail on. All top Olympic 49er sailors Sailkote their kites. All big boat sailors I sail with use it on everything from the telltales to the ball bearing blocks and deck gear... it's clean, and it lasts a long, long time."
Morgan Larson, World Champion and US Sailing Team Member
"I had my spinnaker sprayed with McLube and noticed a significant difference right away... Sailkote works great, I'm sold!"
Hank Schofield, Schock 35
"What a huge difference! We Sailkote our rudder and centerboard regularly so the kelp and weeds don't stay on the blades while we're racing. It really helps to make the centerboard easier to raise and lower under pressure."
Howie Hamlin/Mike Martin, 505 Class Champions
"Sailkote was one of the main ingredients to our success in our quest for the 1996 J24 World Championship. We coated nearly everything on the boat including the entire mast and mainsail track, spreader tips, genoa, forestay, mainsail luff rope, mainsail foot, spinnaker, blocks, tracks and travellers."
Chris Larson (1997 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, 1996 J24 World Champion)
"Sailkote's dry lubrication technology really works... I've got the Olympic medal to prove it."
Courtenay Becker-Dey (1996 Olympic Medallist)
"During the 1995 Americas Cup "Young America" was coated from her masthead instruments down to the bottom of her keel. At the "Young America" compound we had literally hundreds of uses for Team McLube's Sailkote..."
John Marshall (President, PACT 2000)
"Sailkote will outperform and last 10 times longer than any lubricant. The bottom line is: Team McLube Sailkote has a significant number of invaluable sailing/ racing applications... and the word is getting around! If you're not using Sailkote you're really giving your opponents a tremendous advantage."
Nick Adamson, (Laser Class Representative, 1996 US Olympic Team)
"At the Young America compound we had literally hundreds of uses for Team McLube Sailkote. From the mold to the finish line and everything in between... including the sail loft and rigging shop. We even coated our tools to protect them and make them work better!"
John Marshall (President, PACT 2000)
"We utilized Sailkote on nearly every piece of rigging and hardware, the hull below the waterline, and on our sails on our J/24 , Etchell-22 and Soling. There is no question that Sailkote was a significant factor in winning each of these respective World Championships. With Sailkote on board we can keep our heads out of the boat and concentrate on tactics!"
Ron Rosenberg (5 time sailing world champion)


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