I am looking for feedback from those who have used the patented Harken
Switch T Track batt car system. If you have what were thoughts on the system and what size boat
was it fitted on?
This system does not used the torsion ball system of the standard Harken
Batt car and therefore has no moving parts
. It is therefore less prone to failure and (potentially) requires less maintenance
, but will not drop as easily as torsion ball cars, so being able to drop (or reef) the main in unfavourable conditions might be more tricky without bearing up as the friction on the cars on the switch system will be higher.
This switch car system has the advantages (as I see them):
1. of reducing the stack pack height by 50% (which on a 50 foot cat is material) and the benefits that go with that.
2. reefing the main easier - as in managing the sail once dropped
3. Less to go wrong - no moving parts
4. It seems to carry the price
as the torsion batt car system.
5. Connecting and disconnection the main halyard
is much easier.
All feedback appreciated.