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Old 18-02-2010, 18:29   #1
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Sail Track Options for Storm Trysail

I need to fit a storm trysail with an appropriate track. Of course, it's a sail that hopefully won't see much use, but when you need it you want it to go up easily.

So it seems the options are:

(1) traditional stainless steel sail track (external T-track), with the metal slides for the luff of the sail

(2) Schaefer Battcar track, with Allslip slides on the sail (about the twice the cost of option 1)

(3) Selden Trysail System - an alloy external track with composite slides (probably similar in cost to option 2?)

(4) Tides Marine Strong Track, with it's slides, mounted over traditional track like option 1 or on special clips (maybe thrice the cost of option 1, or half again as much as option 2?)

(5) some other even more expensive track and luff car system?

(6) hanking the sail onto a vertical stay, wire or synthetic, rigged to the side of the mast

I have a Strong Track already for the mainsail. I'm asking here about a dedicated track for the storm sail (and no gates or switches to use the main track).

FWIW, the storm trysail that would fly from this track would only be about 68 square feet in area, with a luff of only 14 to 16 feet or so.

Any experience with or advice about any of these options for a dedicated storm trysail track?
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Old 18-02-2010, 19:29   #2
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Option 1 is what I've got. It's simple & seems to work, though I've never used it in anger.
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