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    Default Internal/external sailtrack

    What advantages or disadvantages do the different form of sail track have.Internal or external. fitted
    I am referring track fitted to the outside of the mast not any internal ones.
    Neater,less friction,?
    is there an advantage to have a thimble on the external sail slide.?
    frobisher

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    With boats, it is usually simple versus easy .They are not the same thing.
    The other is performance...winning that sailboat race by a half boat length.

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    I'm guessing you're talking about the "C" shaped track versus the "Hat" shaped track? I don't think there's much difference. Performance-wise they'll be about the same, too. If you're talking an external bolt-rope track things change up a bit.

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    yes I am referring to "C" and the "Hat" track.Nice way to put it.
    Curious as to which one people choose and why.
    Loading the sliders?
    less chance to snag something with the internal slider being solid?

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    I've never used the "C" section track and my only experience with the "Hat" sections was many (make that many, many) years ago in Sea Scouts Maybe someone with current experience will chime in now that we have definition.

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    If this application is for the H12 you are building, I don't think you'll make it sail any better with a fancy sail track.

    Jeff

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    Well it is for my H12 1/2 but the original plans call for track on the booms so who am I to argue.I presume NH knew what he was specifying.
    I am also thinking of a separate Marconi rig where the track certainly would,IMhO ,be beneficial for bending and reefing.
    i appreciate the comment but it doesn't really address my question as to the benefits ,if any,of the different sliders
    Last edited by Frobisher; 11-21-2020 at 01:49 PM.

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    Generally the hat or male track type is an older type , the slides are more complex and can grab if there's minor damage, superceded by female track and metal then plastic slides. I think there was probably some mechanical reasons for the trend but more probably the slug type slide was less expensive or easier to make.
    So the male track has more of a period look .

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    Default Re: Internal/external sailtrack

    Once they started making extruded aluminum masts, female track would be the obvious choice. Obvious to me anyway.

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