2020 Ronstan Sailboat Hardware Catalogue - Flipbook - Page 147
FEATURES & INFORMATION
Track & Car Batten Car Systems
Ball Bearing systems
Captive Ball systems
Quick release batten car models
Luff groove tracks for sail flexibility
TRACK & CAR
BATTEN CAR SYSTEMS
Strength & Simplicity
Ball joint articulation
Sailing professionals around the world choose Ronstan batten systems for
superior and innovative features combined with race-proven performance
and reliability. With 7 track sizes in the standard product range, there is a
system with the right specifications for every boat and sail plan.
Ball Bearing cars run on twin races of recirculating ball bearings that engage with
the track profile for excellent all round performance, even when reefing while sailing off
Captive Ball cars use a combination of captive recirculating ball bearings running on
the face of the track for compression loads, and sliderods to provide extra strength for
high static loads. All bearings are captive, allowing for easy installation and removal.
Luff groove tracks are compatible with ‘soft luff’ and fully battened mainsails, making
it easy to change between the two. They may be bonded to carbon masts with special
Quick release cars make the job easier when the sail needs to be removed for
changeover, repair or stowage.
Track mounting slugs
A stainless steel ball joint link between the car and the batten receptacle provides movement
in all directions with a minimum of 105° (112°for ball bearing cars) either side of centre. Ball
joint links are available to suit Ronstan batten receptacles and most other types.
Installation can be greatly simplified for Series 19 through Series 30 by the use of threaded
slugs that locate in the existing luff groove of the mast, avoiding the need to drill and tap
holes for fasteners and other complications. Slugs are self-locating and allow for track
installation without having to remove the mast from the boat. See page 144 for track
mounting slug details.