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.

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    Deerfield Beach, FL. 33442, USA
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What are the sail area guidelines?

The Tides Track is available in seamless lengths up to 65'.
Most track systems have track lengths running between 38' and 45' in length.


The average sail area supported by Tides Track systems is between 450 and 700 square feet.

The maximum sail area using the Tides Track system is found on a Camper-Nicholson "day boat" in the Seattle area. The total area of the main is almost 1,000 square feet. This boat sails within a defined area from its mooring and rarely sails in winds in excess of 25 – 30 knots. It is never out overnight.

Today’s full–battened mains often have more roach than the average sailing vessel of 15 years ago. This type of sail shape puts far more load on the Tides Track and rigging.

If you have any questions regarding your particular application, please contact Tides Marine.


The average sail area supported by Tides Track systems is between 350 and 600 square feet. Multi-hulls sail much stiffer than monohulls. This, coupled with the large roach area on the sails of today’s multi-hulls, places far greater load on the Tides Track system.

Many multi-hulls require the use of an alternate headboard car (see Alternate Headboard Cars). The loads created by large roach areas and full battens can cause conventional Tides Marine headboard slides to pull out of the Tides Track while underway.

Storm Tri-Sail track

Tides recommends that its track system not be used to support storm tri-sails. When these sails are deployed, weather conditions are abysmal.