Harken Introduces Performa™ Winches

11/1/2011

Performa-winchesPewaukee, WI—Adopting the high-efficiency of Radial® winches, new Performa™ PT (plain top), ST (self-tailing), and Quattro winches complement Harken's carbon racing line with a lower-cost alternative in smaller sizes. The Performa features a sandblasted drum optimized for halyard and sheeting applications using smaller high-tech racing lines.

"Performa winches offer a solution for teams when carbon fiber performance is beyond budget requirements or winches are needed in a smaller size." explains Engineering Manager Michele Cazzaro. "The Performa hybrid builds on the research that went into the Radial line but is optimized for the high-strength fibers you now see on sport boats and performance cruisers."

Aluminum drums feature an integral skirt. Strong, lightweight composite roller bearings have excellent corrosion resistance and don't require lubrication. Composite thrust ball bearings let the drum spin easily under light loads. The snap-fit design keeps bearings captive when the drum is removed for maintenance. Load-carrying gears, pins, and pawls are 17-4PH stainless steel. Minimal space between upper and lower self-tailing jaws on the ST and Quattro versions ensures superior holding power on small-diameter line.

The patented Quattro model is an innovative all-in-one winch used on boats that require extremely fast winches to handle large asymmetrical spinnakers, but also need power to trim the genoa upwind. The 2-speed Quattro features two drum diameters for four line speeds.

Performa winches are designed for easy maintenance and straightforward upgrades to power. The stripper arm completely covers the winch top to prevent fingers and clothing from catching in rotating parts. Performa winches are available in two speeds in sizes 40, 46, and 50, and in two or three speeds in size 60.

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