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Pedestal Designs See Dramatically Improved Aerodynamics

Harken has developed two new designs that dramatically reduce drag on fore/aft and athwartships-mounted winch pedestals from 65% to 30% in 30 knots of wind—crucial to the new-age Grand Prix yachts, like AC 72's, where every ounce of speed matters.

The fore/aft mounted Wing pedestals are extremely narrow, with a sculpted foil aerodynamic shape. The athwartships-mounted Air Pedestals feature a sculpted hole in the middle, with each leg shaped like a wing—the ultimate in drag reduction.