Harken and Jeanneau Debut Revolutionary Assisted Sail Trim (AST) to Simplify Sailing


    For all those who have ever wished for a little help at the helm, Harken and Jeanneau are pleased to announce the result of a three-year collaborative effort to reimagine cruising and shorthanded sailing.

    This collaboration has produced an advanced system to make sailing easier for families, cruisers, shorthanded crews, solo sailors, and those with limited mobility.

    AST_control-panel.jpgThe system, consisting of three OEM packages, is designed to enhance a relaxing day on the water by offering sensor-guided, push-button sail control.

    1. The Auto Tacking base package adjusts the headsail for the new tack while you steer through the maneuver. Sensors detect wind speed and apparent wind for safety.
    2. Auto Trim is the perfect complement to Auto Tacking for easy cruising. 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 you relax at the helm. An integrated heel control detects gusts and limits heel to your desired setting for maximum passenger comfort.
    3. 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.

    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).  The AST will be exclusive to Jeanneau Sun Odyssey during the 2015 season.

    Discover the AST brochure and video illustrating this new innovative concept.

    "It's been a challenge to keep this project secret through years of development and on-the-water testing, but this finely-tuned system was definitely worth the wait," says Davide Burrini, International OEM Sales Manager. "By centralizing controls, integrating wind and equipment sensors, and allowing skippers to control all sheeting from the helm, this project has the potential to revolutionize cruising and shorthanded sailing."

    Erik Stromberg, Sailboat Product Director Jeanneau said, "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. 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."

    About: Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Its network includes distribution in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida).

    About: Jeanneau is the leading sailboat producer offering 14 models of sailboats from 34 to 64 feet across four lines of products: Sun Odyssey (fast cruising), Sun Odyssey DS (deck saloon), Jeanneau Yachts (luxury units over 50 feet) and Sun Fast (crewed or shorthanded racing).  Innovation and performance have always been hallmarks of the brand.  With over 350 distributors in 50 countries, Jeanneau produces as well, outboards and inboards and has more than 100,000 customers sailing the world's oceans.

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