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Do you grease your pole?

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Man, that sounded totally rude.  Seriously, do you use anything on the spinnaker pole?  Seeing some serious wear on the pole and groove on my RS700.  Been using a silicon lube spray, but suspect that is too lightweight for the job.

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I wouldn't. Grease would pick up dirt and other abrasives that will make matters worse. Then a little would sluff of and coat the deck and other gear. I let someone use a windsurfer I had once. They had a lot of tanning oil. It took several washings with detergent before I could stand on the damn thing again. Stick to the spray, or if there is enough room, maybe some teflon tape.

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a bit of sail tape works well in the socket

PROtect tape does it well, idk if they have rs700 stuffthough

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TEFLON TAPE FROM MCMASTER CARR

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if it bothers you enough you can clear coat it in a few years. Otherwise don't worry about it. Definitely don't use grease, it'll just gum up with salt and other contaminates. 

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I've ordered some ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW) tape.  The stuff is supposed to be extremely low friction.

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UHMW tape did not stick to the tube ID. I used jap tape instead.  It has been working well.

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