The combination of Halls gull wing composite boom and Harkens Switch T track which reduces the height of the mainsail cars, makes for a very clean look on the Shipman 65.
The Switch T Track looks like a railway switching system. The battcars alternate fall down the portside then the starboard side helping the sail flake itself and lower stack height.
In the picture of the forward end of the boom you can see the Switch T Track just above the mainsail cover. You can see lazy jacks pulled forward in the picture above. Lazy jacks work well with Antals low friction rings
For a review of other mainsail furling and flaking systems follow this link.
And here's a closeup from Harken of their switch T Track system
Switch T Track system for reducing stack height on large yachts. Battcars make mainsail handling much easier especially with full-length battens.When a full length battened main coupled with Battcars is lowered the sail flakes on alternate sides of the boom. This makes for a very neatly flakes mainsail. The problem however is the combined height of all the cars stacked one on top of the other.
With the switch t track system cars are alternately pushed to one side of the boom or the other to lower the stack height.
Harken battcar switch track brochure
Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't have got that roller furling boom after all.
There are really a lot of new boat accessories that pops up nowadays. Better be careful and in choosing which one you are going to get, something that you really believe that you needed for your boat.ReplyDelete