Harken Track is often bent to follow the cabin house curve
or boom radius. Sometimes track is bent vertically, ends
up, to relieve tension on the sail’s leech as the traveler
car moves off the boat’s centerline.
To perform smoothly and carry the correct load,
the traveler car’s length must suit track radius. Each
traveler car page has a chart which shows the minimum
radius on which each car will ride. If the load requires a
long car, but the radius will be too tight, consider using
two short cars joined by a coupler.
Minor bends can often be made when the track is
installed. If the track requires more bend, Harken® can provide horizontal, vertical or compound curves
to specification for a modest charge. If the bend is
continuous, add 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm) to each
end because track cannot be bent to its ends. Standard
Harken® Mini-Maxi and Maxi traveler cars cannot ride
on vertical bends with a radius under 50 ft (15.25 m).
Harken Curved Track options:
1. Vertical Bend: Ends Down
This bend is used for mainsheet travelers mounted over the
cabin house. The curve matches the crown of the cabin
house and allows the track to clear the companionway
hatch, but minimizes the height of the track risers.
2. Vertical Bend: Ends Up
Some boats use this bend to relieve leech tension when the
traveler car moves off centerline. Ends-up bends are also
used for staysails. Tracks angled forward to face the clew
of the sail mount on risers.
3. Horizontal Bend
Horizontal bends allow the traveler to follow the radius of
the boom as it swings across the boat. The track stays flat
and the ends curve to the boat’s bow or stern. Sometimes
horizontal bends are used for boom vangs and occasionally
for staysails, especially those with booms.
4. Compound Bend
Compound bends are a combination of a vertical and
horizontal bend. An example is when the track curves in
the horizontal plane to follow the radius of the boom, but
mounts to a deck that has a slight crown.
Harken Track Bending Services
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