Sails & Canvas

Appealing to trim mavens, Antal’s barber-hauler setup using low-friction-rings allows more trim options than the typical barber hauler led outboard through a snatch-block.

Try a Barber Hauler for Better Sail Trim

If you can’t position the jib clew exactly where you want it on all courses and in all weather, a barber hauler should be in your future, for even the most laid-back sailor. Here are some options.

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