Track & Car Batten System Installation

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Track & Car Batten System Installation

COMPONENTS

NB: Please note that track mounting slugs are not available for series 14 and 42 tracks. These tracks will have to be screwed directly to the mast.

INSTALLING THE SYSTEM WITH THE MAST LEVEL (HORIZONTAL)

  • Enlarge the luff groove directly above the gooseneck, just enough to enable the track mounting slugs to be pushed in to the groove.
  • Slide sufficient track mounting slugs for a track length up to the top of the mast.
  • Fasten the top end stop with a screw and a track mounting slug.
  • Slide the remaining track mounting slugs in to position and fasten them with screws.
  • NB! Use a drop of Screw Lock on all screws!
  • Proceed with the next track length by placing a track joiner between the track lengths, working from the top down.

INSTALLING THE SYSTEM WITH THE MAST UPRIGHT (VERTICAL)

  • Enlarge the luff groove directly above the goose neck just enough to enable the track mounting slugs to be pushed in to the groove.
  • Slide track mounting slugs for the upper track length up the mast and secure the track loosely with a screw and track mounting slug in the bottom hole.
  • Slide the track mounting slugs up behind the track and work your way up while securing the track mounting slugs loosely with screws.
  • NB! Use a drop of Screw Lock on all screws!
  • Attach the top track mounting slug loosely with a temporary, long screw, to which you fasten the halyard.

INSTALLING A BATTEN RECEPTACLE/LINK

With each batten receptacle you receive 3 sets of screws:

  1. Screws for securing the batten receptacle to the stainless steel link.
  2. Screws for securing the batten receptacle to sail canvas less than 3mm (1/8) thick.
  3. Screws for securing the batten receptacle to sail canvas more than 3mm (1/8) thick.
  • Press the fork of the stainless steel link over the luff of the sail.
  • Position one half of the receptacle and secure it to the fork of the stainless steel link with one screw.
  • Drill holes in the canvas under each of the four corner holes in the receptacle.
  • Place the other half of the receptacle on the opposite side of the sail.
  • Secure the receptacle with four screws and nuts. Please observe that two of the holes in the receptacle are suited for screw heads, while the other two are suited for nuts.
  • Fit the receptacle/link to the batten car observing the UP sticker on the car.

INSTALLING AN INTERMEDIATE CAR

Remove the pin by pressing on the bottom end with a screwdriver. Having placed the webbing loop around the plastic bush, position the bush on the car and re-insert the plastic pin.

MAINTAINING THE BATTEN CARS

To ensure trouble-free operation, flush the cars now and then with fresh or soapy water. This will remove any salt deposits between the balls and the car body. The cleansing can be performed in-situ by spraying with a hose or dousing with a bucket, then applying a soft brush.

Oil, WD-40 or other lubricants should not be used on the cars.