Harken, the value of experience

Peter and Olaf Harken more than 50 years ago founded Harken in the Great Lakes region of Wisconsin. Since then it has grown and from a small workshop born “in the backyard” it has become an international reality present all over the world. Harken products are a “must” in events such as the America’s Cup, Ocean Race, Vendée Globe, Olympics the Maxi and TP52 circuits, and in the vast majority of one-design classes.
Harken blocks, rails, winches, furlers, and hydraulic systems are now aboard every kind of boat-from the smallest drift to the largest megayacht. From custom ones, to those made in large series.

Harken Inc. is headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin where there is also one of its two production units; the second is in Limido Comasco, a few miles from Como. In the U.S. is concentrated the manufacture of deck equipment, in the second, Harken Italy, that of winches.

Harken into the future

With a keen eye toward the future, Harken has built modern and efficient factories resulting in the assumption not only of ownership but also of production responsibility and quality control. By utilizing sophisticated equipment and highly trained technical staff, optimizing workflows, and taking advantage of the constant influx of innovative ideas coming from its engineers, Harken has consistently exhibited steady growth in the marketplace, the ability to adapt positively to changing economic conditions.

Both the U.S. headquarters and Harken Italy headquarters are ISO 9001:2015 certified.

The distribution network is present in 48 countries, while it is the trading companies directly controlled by Harken Inc. are based in Australia, France, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, England and the United States (Rhode Island, California and Florida).


In 2019 and 2020, Harken released its first products dedicated to the industrial world: CMC Clutch is a multifunctional equipment for ascent and descent operations on ropes; Ninja is the first single-rope foot elevator with double cam, based on our Cam-Matic nautical choke. In addition, Harken Industrial recently completed strategic transactions with the acquisitions of Illinois-based Elevated Safety and Cascade Rescue of Sand Point, Idaho.

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