Do Sailors Need Assistance?

A collaboration between Jeanneau and Harken has resulted in an advanced sail handling system intended to make sailing easier for “just about anyone who goes afloat.” The system offers push-button sail control for sail hoisting, tacking and trimming, with everything monitored by load sensors to make sure there’s no chance of excessive forces being applied that might cause a breakage..

The system enables sail trim adjustments to be made from the wheel, along with remote operation of the electric winches. Once the initial trim has been established, the system will adjust the sheets after each change of course, or after wind shifts, to retain efficient trim. In a tack, the old headsail sheet is automatically eased and the new one tensioned, exactly replicating the sail trim of the previous tack. All the helmsman needs to do is steer the boat through the tack. If you don’t believe it, take a look at the video below:   “Do sailors need assistance? This new assisted sail trim technology is nice to have, right? Or is it really just for lazy people? Auto tack, auto trim, automatically ridiculous? Or are these luxuries you’d love to have on your boat?”

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