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post #2 of Old 01-27-2001
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Mainsail slide systems

Hi . I have a Harken Bat cat system on my boat (a 40 ft 12 ton steel boat)and am very happy with the system , except for the price of end caps (replaced by allumiumin units)and the high cost of replacement balls (they do not last long) In fact I have replaced the balls with Telron 5mm rod they replace the balls and last much longer and are also a lot cheaper . What ever system you decied on remember to add a few more batttens to the recomended quoted system (refer Dashew the more full battens you have the less strain on the sail panels ). I think he recommends 700 to 800 mm between battens with an intermediate slide between battens. My original spacing was 1.2m and was to large I have also adde two intermediate slides to the top two battens because the head of the sail takes more abuse than the rest of the sail Good luck . I like my system
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