Features September 2013 Issue

Genoa Sheet-Lead Control Systems

A look at adjustable cars and tracks for easy headsail tweaking.

For decades, adjusting the genoa sheet leads from the cockpit was a luxury ascribed to racing sailboats. But today’s cruising sailboat equipped with a roller-furling headsail also benefits from an efficient, safe means of adjusting the genoa sheet’s lead angle. We tested 11 genoa sheet-lead cars and tracks from the top manufacturers of sailboat deck hardware: Antal, Garhauer, Harken, Nautos, Ronstan, Schaefer, and Selden. Testers looked at the genoa-sheet controls’ operational efficiency, design and attributes, construction quality, and ease of installation; price and warranty were also considered.

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