Alternate Headboard Slides
Tides Marine has developed a new line of headboard car assemblies to accommodate the heavier loads being developed on multi-hull vessels with mainsails larger than 500 square feet and monohulls with mainsails larger than 700 square feet. These increased service loads are a result of new sail designs which have much larger roach area and wide head (or fat head) shapes.
If one or more of the standard Tides headboard slides pull out of the Tides track under load, one of these alternate headboard cars could be the solution.
These alternate headboard car assemblies can also be used if the halyard sheave is positioned aft/away from the luff groove or when a masthead crane is used. In these instances, raising the main the last few feet up the mast may result in the slides being pulled away from/out of the Tides Track. Other steps that can be taken to reduce this possibility include:
1. Moving the halyard attachment point on the headboard further aft.
2. For two-part halyards using a crane, lengthening the slide loops on the headboard and the upper 3-4 slides.
The alternate headboard car assemblies described hereafter are sold separately.