Jib reefing system is reliable
When a product works, there’s no point in carrying out a redesign for the sake of it – that’s the view of Plastimo’s export manager Olivier Gallut when referring to the company’s jib reefing system.
The system – designed in-house and manufactured in Plastimo’s Brittany factory – was first produced around two decades ago with the mechanism changed around 15 years’ ago.
“It’s a very long-established design with high-proven reliability,” explained Olivier. “It works so well it doesn’t need replacing or updating, it’s one of our top UK selling products.”
Richard Pardoe, product and marketing manager at Plastimo’s UK distributor, Aquafax, added: “Plastimo is very well-known for safety equipment and experienced in the design of products but their experience extends further than that.
“This is the ideal product to make sailing easier and provides excellent value for owners of small and medium sailboats.”
The product is available as a single groove or twin groove system suitable for cruising and racing boats from around 13ft to 36ft with a maximum headsail area of 35m².
The composite drum has a reinforced glass fibre shaft with a Torlon bearing. The bracket systems are made from high grade stainless steel.
No maintenance is needed – the product just needs to be flushed with water to keep it clean.
“There’s no need to ever dismantle it,” said Olivier. “Spare parts are also available so if there ever is a problem with worn parts, there’s no need to replace the whole system.
The system is aimed at the retrofit market and is packaged so it is easy to ship and assemble.
Photo credit: B. Leglatin, Plastimo
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