Jeanneau Collaborates With Harken To Launch AST
Published: Wednesday, 07 October 2015
Sailboat hardware and accessories manufacturer and distributor Harken teamed with Jeanneau to launch an advanced system to make sailing easier for families, cruisers, short-handed crews, solo sailors and those with limited mobility.
The revolutionary Assisted Sail Trim (AST) is a system consisting of three OEM packages, designed to enhance a relaxing day out on the water by offering sensor-guided, push button sail control.
“This project has been a very unique collaboration. It has at times been difficult to tell where our Harken partners ended and we at Jeanneau began,” says Jeanneau Sailboat Product Director Erik Stromberg. “The result is quite an elegant system—with room to grow its capabilities built right in. Our AST will give Jeanneau owners more of the relaxation they love about sailing, with less of the sail handling and adjustments that can sometimes intrude.”
The Auto Tacking base package adjusts the headsail for the new tack while cruisers steer through the maneuver. Sensors detect wind speed and apparent wind for safety.
Auto Trim is the perfect complement to Auto Tacking for easy cruising. Crews can set the initial trim, press the button to engage Auto Trim, and then let the system handle sheeting. The system monitors apparent wind for perfect trim while crews relax at the helm. An integrated heel control detects gusts and limits heel to desired setting for maximum passenger comfort.
The Sail Management package, which will debut in coming seasons, can hoist and douse the main or genoa. Load sensors detect jams and allow the halyard to be eased for safe operation.
All functions, as well as push-button control over each winch, are operated from a cockpit display.
Harken Rewind winches or Captive Reel winches allow the system to both trim and ease without manual intervention. All packages feature full redundancy and manual backup in the event of power loss.
Jeanneau will debut the Auto Tacking and Auto Trim packages on its 2015 Sun Odyssey range under the name Assisted Sail Trim (AST), which will be exclusive to Jeanneau Sun Odyssey during the 2015 season.