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Need help selecting Jib Tracks.

I've decided to add tracks to my boat. Presently, I have two eyepads at mid-boat to which I attach blocks for the jib sheets. This was, apparently, the original 1969 setup, and it leaves little in the way of adjusting while under sail. My problem is in googling tracks, there seems to be a number of sizing options and I am ignorant as to the differences. Based on the size of my boat (24'), I'm looking at about 48" of track. Now, what size track would be optimal?
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Re: Need help selecting Jib Tracks.

Pretty sure the load you want to place on it determines the size of the track you need. I'd think on a 24' you wouldn't need more than a 32mm T-track, the Harken fittings for them are good for something like 3000lbs if I remember correctly.

[edit] I think I meant to type 22mm, but I didn't. Have a look at these bits, http://www.harken.com/productcategory.aspx?taxid=460

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Re: Need help selecting Jib Tracks.

Harken also offers mid range 27mm hardware. But also check Garhauer for options.

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I've decided to add tracks to my boat. Presently, I have two eyepads at mid-boat to which I attach blocks for the jib sheets. This was, apparently, the original 1969 setup, and it leaves little in the way of adjusting while under sail. My problem is in googling tracks, there seems to be a number of sizing options and I am ignorant as to the differences. Based on the size of my boat (24'), I'm looking at about 48" of track. Now, what size track would be optimal?
Use this on-line calculator to find the load to expect.
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Re: Need help selecting Jib Tracks.

Are you doing pin stops or adjustable genoa cars?

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Re: Need help selecting Jib Tracks.

1" (25mm) track with adjustable pin stops is what is common on most 24-30' boats that I've seen.

If you are starting from scratch then ones with cars that are adjustable under load would be a nice upgrade. Practical Sailor did a review of such systems in the last year.
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Are you doing pin stops or adjustable genoa cars?
Not sure that I understand the difference. My experience is with cars that have a spring loaded pin that locks in to the track.
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Re: Need help selecting Jib Tracks.

You can get adjustable tracks that allow you to move the genoa under load. More expensive and more complicated, extra line on deck, but handy if you are into making frequent adjustments. Look at Garhauer, much cheaper than Harken and very solidly built.

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Not sure that I understand the difference. My experience is with cars that have a spring loaded pin that locks in to the track.
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That looks more complicated than my needs require...
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