Furl and reef sails with Harken's latest performance technology

Pewaukee, Wisconsin—Constant refinements have kept Harken Headsail Reefing and Furling systems the choice of performance-oriented sailors. This year Harken introduces the MKIV.

This strong, lightweight, aerodynamic system for the racing and serious cruising sailor is built of the same quality materials as the performance MKIII, with longevity, ease of use, and simplicity of installation vital design considerations.

“The Introduction of two new lines of furling in one year is the result of a huge effort at Harken,” explained Peter Harken, president of Harken Yacht Equipment. “This is the first time Harken has designed to the specific needs of the performance market AND the cruising market with two distinct furling product lines. We expect these two lines to position Harken very well for the future. Now, both cruisers and racers have just what they need from Harken.”

“An easy-working, dependable furling system is a must for modern racers and performance-oriented cruisers,” said Greg Hartlmeier, senior engineer-furling technical manager. “It lets you smoothly unfurl your headsail in light air instead of hoisting a large genoa, and trim from the cockpit when it blows. All this while maintaining great sail shape and optimal boat speed. If you’re sailing shorthanded or solo, the MKIV is a reliable ‘crew’ member.”

MKIV furlers feature multiple rows of free-rolling Torlon® ball bearings in high-load areas, computer-designed stacked bearing races and large-diameter drums for smooth reefing and furling. A free-spinning, high-strength halyard swivel reduces weight aloft to minimize pitching and heeling. Independent head and tack swivels shape the sail when partially furled. The aluminum line guard, torque tube and swivels are deep-saturation Hardkote anodized for strength and durability, with a black additive for no-fade UV stabilization and corrosion protection.

Installation is easy: C-shaped open connectors with low-friction plastic isolators slip onto the headstay wire and into the foil without the need to cut your headstay. The foil’s twin grooves and smooth feeder allow fast hoists, douses, and sail changes—Ideal for club racing.

Stanchion Lead Block Kit

These strong, lightweight stanchion-mounted blocks feature free-rolling ball bearings to smoothly lead line aft for safe furling from the cockpit. The 7403 29 mm outboard stanchion blocks lead line outside and close to the stanchions to keep sidedecks clear and safe. The 7401 40 mm forward block is used in the pulpit as an inboard lead. The 57 mm cockpit ratchet provides drag on the line to prevent overrides in the drum. Both the 7401 and 7402 feature ball and socket bases to align blocks for smooth furling. All blocks mount with split clamps that fit 1.00 in (25 mm) diameter stanchions.

Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Their network includes offices in Rhode Island, California, Florida, France, Italy, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand.