Sail America Members Harken and Wichard Honored at DAME awards
Harken’s RigTune Pro and Wichard’s Gyb’Easy, were each honored with a Special Mention at the 2007 DAME Awards, which recognizes outstanding marine products, at the recent METS show in Amsterdam, Holland.
Unlike spring-loaded gauges, the Harken RigTune Pro measures rig tension to the nearest kilogram. As stiffer hulls and low-stretch rigging provide a more reproducible and measurable environment, this product helps sailors measure and fine-tune rigging with far greater accuracy.
As rigging is deflected over three pins on the back of the gauge, a load cell records the pressure on one of the pins. The measurement is displayed on a simple, easy-to-read screen. The RigTune Pro accommodates a specific range of rigging sizes (2.5-5 mm), reducing the need for multiple gauges and eliminating conversion tables.
The Harken RigTune Pro was conceived and developed by Lou Varney of Diverse Yachts/Tropical Engineering. Leading the project for Harken was Andy Ash-Vie, managing director for Harken UK and Andy Reynolds-Jones, product manager.
“Being a mainsail trimmer at the top end of the sport, I’ve sailed on many different race boats and I get involved a great deal with setting up and tuning the rig,” explains Lou Varney. “One of the key things I’ve learned is that the mast and rig need to be set up the same from one tack to the other. Being able to get a repeatable setting is critical to boat speed and performance. This is why there is an essential need for something more precise than feel to measure rig tension. We solved this problem with Harken’s RigTune Pro.”
Wichard’s Gyb’Easy, the new Wichard boom brake, allows smooth gybing operations due to the frictions of the specific line called Gyb'Flex passing through the openings of the boom brake.
The adjustment of Gyb’Easy is made thanks to the tension of the specialized line. Three different positions exist for a perfect adaptation to the mainsail and wind conditions. The more the line passes over the openings, the more the friction is increased, resulting in brake efficiency.