Welcome back bow cart! This is how an adjustment that seemed unfashionable evolves. PHOTOS


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There was a time when it seemed almost out of fashion, replaced by a convenient but technically inefficient fixed point. But the jib trolley, at a time when authentic, true performance sports boats are making a comeback, seems to be itching to take back the whole scene. And not just the simple jib trolley, but also solutions taken from the world of real racers that can be adapted to that of thoroughbred performance cruisers as well.

We got a concrete example from the Grand Soleil 48 Race, which mounts a transverse carriage on the deckhouse without giving up longitudinal adjustment, effectively offering for all intents and purposes the possibility of 3D adjustment as in the photos we show you.

The cross carriage of GS 48. Note the “right/left” hoist system that adjusts the in/out of the sail. The stronger the wind and the tighter the upwind the closer the jib clew will be to the mast and vice versa. Movement is facilitated by a rail that moves on ball bearings.
Inside the ring passes the jib sheet. The ring can go up or down in height: if the ring goes up we will get to warp the bow, opening the leech at the top. Conversely, by calling the ring downward we will close the top of the sail, in case, for example, there is a light wind or the upwind is not very narrow. This vertical adjustment complements the horizontal adjustment on the left/right axis
The system of double hoists, suitably demultiplied, to manage the adjustment of the trolley



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