Minor bends can often be made when the track is installed. If the track
requires more bend, Antal can provide horizontal or vertical bends
to specification for a modest charge.
Tracks are 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
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.
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.
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.
To perform smoothly and carry the correct load, the traveler car's
length must suit the track radius.
To order a curved track, please specify the following information: