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06-01-2012 12:52 AM
Far Side
Re: Tides Marine STRONG mainsail track system

I added a Tides Marine Strong Track from Sail-Care to my boat early this year. The documentation was easy to understand and a breeze to install. The track system was up and ready to use in an hour and a half to complete. The guys at Tides and Sailcare have my vote as the system changed "Dove" VD# 606209 instanly into a great pleasure to sail. I also added Sail-cares MarkIV Cradle to the boat in order to tame the 4 batten main. My wife even loves the addition which makes hoisting and doucing the main extremely fast. Love it!
02-20-2008 01:14 AM
phallo153
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I think that would be correct... the Strong sail track, from what I've seen of it, is pretty simple to install and works well. IIRC, it installs by attaching to the existing sail slug track on the mast.
Correct. Tides Marine will send you a set of gauges to measure the width and depth of the existing track and slot on the mast. The track is then milled to those specifications.

In most cases, modifications to the mast gate will have to be made - in the picture below, my mast gast was extended from 1.5" to about 3", both sides of the slot. It is imperative that the opening by filed very smooth - the smallest burr will gauge the track and eventually cause it to bind. A little dish soap and it slides right in. Below the mast gate the back of the track is flat, with several screws and backing plates that fit into the mast track and are then tightened to keep the track in place.


02-19-2008 10:24 PM
sailingdog I think that would be correct... the Strong sail track, from what I've seen of it, is pretty simple to install and works well. IIRC, it installs by attaching to the existing sail slug track on the mast.
02-19-2008 11:49 AM
teshannon
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
Sounds like the Strong track joins miracle cloth and ultimate sole as one of the 3 products for boats everyone agrees on!!
Agreed on all three!
02-19-2008 11:06 AM
PBzeer Remind me to show you mine this summer cam. It's as about as KISS as you can think of for an add-on.
02-19-2008 11:03 AM
camaraderie Sounds like the Strong track joins miracle cloth and ultimate sole as one of the 3 products for boats everyone agrees on!!
02-19-2008 08:44 AM
Spiritman Ditto, ditto -- I make all my sailor buddies jealous by demonstrating how fast I can get it up! The main comes down as fast as you can feed the halyard. It needs no maintenance, but I give it a shot of McLube whenever I go up and it works like butta'! I'm also able to reef while under some load -- which I could never do before (metal slides on external track).
02-16-2008 05:47 PM
Brezzin Ditto again.
02-16-2008 04:23 PM
teshannon Ditto to both posts above. I have a Strong systen on my full battened main and it works like a charm. Has never hung up on me even once.
02-16-2008 03:05 PM
phallo153 Ditto what Pbeezer said. I got the system along with a full-batten mainsail and it goes up smooth (almost entirely by hand from the cockpit) and drops like a rock.

Things to consider:
1) Added thickness to your mast, so if the mainsail cover is already snug when buttoning up around the mast, it might need modified.
2) I had some reefing line fairleads on the mast that had to be removed because the track wouldn't fit between them - I still need to remount them. Take a look at the back of the mast and see if anything will get in the way. IIRC the track is about 2" wide.
3) Hardware will probably stack higher than your plastics slugs (mine do), another thing to consider with regard to the mainsail cover.

Some pictures in the album link below if you're interested:
New Sail and Strong Track
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