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Harken OD Deck Layout - Ensign

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The Ensign was designed in 1962 by Carl Alberg as a family daysailer and one-design racer. A development of a previous Alberg design called the Electra, this 6.7 m (22.5 ft) fiberglass sloop features a big, deep cockpit, generous displacement and 544 kg (1,200 lb)of internal lead ballast. Although you'll never see an Ensign planing around the buoys, an overlapping genoa and large spinnaker make this 'little big boat' a responsive tactical racer. From the beginning, Class officers have worked to keep the Ensign as close to the original design as possible, with equipment modifications kept to a minimum. As a result, these easy-to-handle boats have held their value and still win races, keeping the class vital and strong.

This 4:1 mainsheet system features two 57 mm Carbo fiddle blocks with high-load ball bearings for low-friction operation. A pivoting exit block mounted on the boom directly above the trimmer provides powerful two-handed sheeting.

The vang features a 6:1 cascade inside a 2:1 purchase for a 12:1 mechanical advantage. This system pivots, allowing crew to adjust tension on either tack.

The cunningham is a cascaded 4:1 system (2:1 inside a 2:1purchase). A pivoting exit block allows access to the cunningham control line from either side of the boat.

Mainsheet Traveler
The stern-mounted traveler features 3:1 controls that lead forward under deck to a Cam-Matic® cleat for precise, fast trimming.