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Fredericksen sail slides

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of Frederickson Sail Slides???

They appear to be a hybrid of regular sail slides and the Harken reciprocating ball bearing sail slide system. The upside to the Frederickson system is that it does NOT use a track, thus saving some $. The sail slides have the usual plastic piece that fits inside your mast sail track but add a housing on the outside that have a reciprocating ball bearing system that keep the entire slide positioned properly on the mast track. This supposedly keeps the slide from binding and thus eases its movement.

This could be a good way of getting the advantage of easier sail handling, at somewhat lower cost. Unfortunately, each slide cost $80. That is not very attractive, but perhaps at a discount somewhere, would be something I would purchase.

Anyone use these???

Thanks

John
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