Battacar systems are tested to the extreme

Technologies are trickling down to everyday cruisers and sailors, photo credit: Hannah Cottrell Media Technologies are trickling down to everyday cruisers and sailors, photo credit: Hannah Cottrell Media
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The one design format of the Volvo Ocean Race has enabled Harken to develop a service and replacement system that ensures every boat has equal treatment at each stopover.

And the company’s involvement with the VOR is enabling it to develop technologies that are trickling down to everyday cruisers and sailors, says Harken’s VOR project manager Mark Gardner. 

One example is the Harken Battcar System which enables users to raise, douse and reef the main instantly from the cockpit, even when close reaching or in a big breeze. 

The cars and track have been proven to perform even through the rigours of the VOR, thanks to its one-piece aluminium hard coat-anodised construction.

High strength Torlon ball bearings are used to ensure the cars move smoothly at all times and the batten toggle is designed to move freely in all directions to prevent the sail from binding when reefing under load. 

A captive pin features a quick release button the remove the sail quickly, while allowing the car to remain on the mast. The cars and sails slide off the track by removing the screw pin end stop. 

“This is another key feature which makes cleaning and maintenance quick and simple, another advantage for the VOR boats which all have a full Harken technical service and support at each stop over,” says Mark.

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