Since 1991, Tides Marine has provided essential marine components to the marine industry. At Tides, providing excellent customer service is our no. 1 priority and we proudly manufacture our Shaft Seals, Rudder Bearings and Sail Track in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Our products improve vessel performance and reliability, solve unique system issues, reduce the need for scheduled maintenance and provide worry-free, long-term boating enjoyment. We are the US Master Distributor for MATE-USA Pumps, Horns & Rubrail as well as Super Stainless, a gel based, non-abrasive, stainless steel cleaning agent.
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.
Two stainless steel slides each measuring 3.00" in length spaced approximately 1 1/4" apart.
Stainless steel headboard car.
Headboard quick pin is approximately 1 1/2" from the Tides Track.
Two stainless steel slides each measuring 3.00" in length spaced approximately 2 1/4" apart.
Aluminum (AISI 2024) headboard car (hardcoat annodized).
Headboard quick pin is approximately 2.20" from the Tides Track.