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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

I have the Tides Marine system on our new Beneteau 45 with full battens, works great. Originally I was aiming for the Antel system which has a long track record but our boat rep pushed us hard towards Tides. The Tides system works fantastic, I can raise our very large main about 80% of the way up without a winch, crazy. And when it comes down I need to be cognizant of laying out the halyard line so it does not kink as it rips through the spinlock line clutch, and keep small children's hands away, not kidding. Every 2 months or so I do a quick spray of sailcoat on the cars. Great product.

I almost forgot, the yard doing the commissioning was able to install the track in about 30 minutes, dead simple. Didn't even charge me for that.

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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

We installed the strong track when we got our new, full-battened, loose-footed main. We are happy with both, and glad to have full-battens. New main giving us better performance, goes up pretty quickly with manual winch, drops down in the blink of an eye. We have lazy-jacks, which came with the boat, and this system works fine. Battens not getting caught up on lazy-jacks, because main is being hauled up so fast (by husband), and I (the wife) am so expert (!) in holding bow into the wind. (grin)
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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

I wonder if we can actually find a single report of a person who has bought the tides track system and regretted it? Seems like everybody loves it, just a question of if it's worth the price tag....

For me, it probably will be. As I mentioned, anything that makes the sails easier for any crew to get up or down is safety gear in my book.

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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

The product does work well with the biggest benefit to safer sailing. It also makes reefing a no-effort exercise. It is easy to pull out the reef and raise the main back up if desired. I tend to reef sooner knowing this. The benefits are just too great. And the fun of how the sail drops instantly, you will enjoy this product and increase your safety profile.

For a due diligence effort you might want to check out the Antal line, very high quality product and it has been around a long time. See here --> Home. I did a bunch of research on the product, very solid also.

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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

Hello:
I run my boat with a 9 oz triple reefed mainsail(plenty heavy) and full battens using lazy jacks and the Strong track system. There is a LOT less friction when raising and lowering the main and I actually raise the main by hand to the top except for the last couple feet where the weight of the sail gets too much. Maybe not quite as good friction wise as a ball bearing system but much less expensive!(a reasonable trade off).
Biggest problem with my system is trying to keep the full batten ends from catching on the lazy jacks on the way up.
Wouldn't want a mainsail not fully battened as shape is held much better hence better performance.(IMHO)
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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

Totally agree with ewayne. The full battens are only exposed to the lazy jack lines in the first half of raising it. So I just leave the halyard line clutch open and watch the battens closely as I raise it by hand, not even wrapped around the winch. I am getting good at the timing of getting the batten past the Lazy Jack lines. If I do get caught I just ease off a bit on the halyard for a slight drop then heave it past the LJ line when the main is centered again, very easy to do. I also do need the winch for only the last couple of feet of raising the main. This is a big full batten main, P=53' 8", and heavy.
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Re: Advice wanted: Tides Marine Track and Slide system

I have 45' luff and full length battens. The attachment is with metal bail slugs and it hoists, reefs, and drops like a rock. While larger sails are a different matter, slides are a waste on such a small sail, just something to fail. The boat and sail are 1997.
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