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Sailtrack - Bronze


Bronze Sailtrack     
Sailtrack was the invention that revolutionized Sailboat Rig design. Originally invented by Nat Herreshoff in 1887, the advent of Sailtrack allowed taller Masts and the elimination of Gaffs from the modern Sloop rig. Before this time sails were attached to the Mast with Hoops which meant that no shrouds or stays could be attached to the mast at any point below the maximum mainsail hoist.
These days, since Aluminum Masts normally have their own integral track, Sailtrack is primarily used for Storm Trysails, and on Composite and Wood Spars.

Bronze Sailtrack is preferred for Traditional applications and use on wood Spars. Bronze Sailtrack is produced in 2 configurations; Rolled Sailtrack (5/8" & 7/8") for standard applications, and Extruded Sailtrack, for Heavy-duty applications. All sizes are stocked in 6' and 12 foot lengths, some configurations are available, on special order, in longer lengths to prevent the possibility of sail slides hanging up at the joints.

For more modern applications, and use on Aluminum and Composite Spars, we also produce Stainless Steel Sailtrack.  See Stainless Steel Sailtrack.

For SS Adjustable Slide Stops for Sailtrack, See: Stainless Steel Sailtrack.

For Slides and other fittings for Sailtrack, See: Sailtrack Slides.

See other types of Track on the Track Main Page.
 


Rolled Bronze Sailtrack

5/8" Bronze Sailtrack
7/8" Bronze Sailtrack

 

Mer 401-5S
Extruded Bronze Sailtrack

3/4" Bronze Sailtrack
1" Bronze Sailtrack
1 1/4" Bronze Sailtrack
 

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Bronze Rolled Sailtrack
Merriman Rolled Bronze Sailtrack is produced in 2 different Bronze alloys. The standard Bronze is the familiar golden color and rapidly attains the usual greenish patina. The Nickel Silver (also a Bronze alloy) is much stronger, and is originally a silver color (less shiny than Stainless Steel), but with time will also develop a patina.
 
5/8" ** Rolled Bronze Sailtrack
 
5/8" Bronze Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 503-5B-6:
5/8" Bronze Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 503-5B-12:
5/8" Bronze Sailtrack - Custom length: Mer 503-5B-__:
5/8" Bronze Sailtrack is rolled from flat Bronze strip and measures 11/16" (.6875" or 17.45mm) wide x 3/16" high. Track is punched for #6 (1/8") RH screws on 3 1/2" (89mm) centers. 5/8" Bronze Sailtrack is available in 6', 12' and shorter lengths.
** Note: For over 100 years this size Sailtrack (11/16" wide) has been universally referred to as 5/8" Sailtrack. We can only guess why, but not wanting to promote confusion, (and being slow to break tradition), it works for us.

 

 

  5/8" Bronze Sailtrack End Stop: Mer 503-5S:
Cast Bronze End Stop for 5/8" Bronze Sailtrack is (maximum) 11/16" wide x 7/8" long and projects 11/16" from Track End. Highly polished End Stop attaches to Spar or Deck with (1) #8 (5/32") FH screw.

 

5/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 406-5NS-6:
5/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 406-5NS-12:
5/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack - Custom length: Mer 406-5NS-__:
5/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack is rolled from flat strip and measures 11/16" (.6875" or 17.45mm) wide x 3/16" high. Track is punched for #6 (1/8") RH screws on 3 1/2" (89mm) centers. 5/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack is available in 6', 12' and shorter lengths.
** Note: For over 100 years this size Sailtrack (11/16" wide) has been universally referred to as 5/8" Sailtrack. We can only guess why, but not wanting to promote confusion, (and being slow to break tradition), it works for us.

 

 

 


7/8" Rolled Bronze Sailtrack
 
7/8" Bronze Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 503-7B-6:
7/8" Bronze Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 503-7B-12:
7/8" Bronze Sailtrack - Custom length: Mer 503-7B-__:
7/8" Bronze Sailtrack is rolled from flat Bronze strip and measures 7/8" (.875" or 22.2mm) wide x 7/32" high. Track is punched for #8 (5/32") RH screws on 3 1/2" (89mm) centers. 7/8" Bronze Sailtrack is available in 6', 12' and shorter lengths.

 

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7/8" Bronze Sailtrack End Stop: Mer 503-7S:
Cast Bronze End Stop for 7/8" Bronze Sailtrack is (maximum) 7/8" wide x 1 3/8" long and projects 7/8" from Track End. Highly polished End Stop attaches to Spar or Deck with (1) #12 (7/32") FH screw.

 

7/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 406-7NS-6:
7/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 406-7NS-12:
7/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack - Custom length: Mer 406-7NS-__:
7/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack is rolled from flat strip and measures 7/8" (.875" or 22.2mm) wide x 7/32" high. Track is punched for #8 (5/32") RH screws on 3 1/2" (89mm) centers. 7/8" Nickel Silver Sailtrack is available in 6', 12' and shorter lengths.

 

     

Bronze Extruded Sailtrack
3/4" Extruded Bronze Sailtrack
3/4" Bronze Sailtrack - 2 foot long: Mer 406E-6B-2:
3/4" Bronze Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 406E-6B-6:
3/4" Bronze Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 406E-6B-12:
3/4" Bronze Sailtrack is extruded from Bronze billet and measures (maximum) 3/4" (19mm) wide x 7/32" high x 1/16" thick, Base is 7/16" wide. Track is drilled for #10 (3/16") RH screws on 3" (76mm) centers. 3/4" Bronze Sailtrack is available in 2', 6' and 12-foot lengths. Weighs approximately 0.22 lbs/ft.

 

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1" Extruded Bronze Sailtrack
1" Bronze Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 406E-8B-6:
1" Bronze Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 406E-8B-12:
1" Bronze Sailtrack is extruded from Bronze billet and measures 1" (25mm) wide x 9/32" high x 3/32" thick, Base is 0.60" wide. Track is drilled for #12 (7/32") RH screws on 4" (102mm) centers. 1" Bronze Sailtrack is available in 6' and 12-foot lengths.

 

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1 1/4" Extruded Bronze Sailtrack
1 1/4" Bronze Sailtrack - 6 foot long: Mer 406E-10B-6:
1 1/4" Bronze Sailtrack - 12 foot long: Mer 406E-10B-12:
1 1/4" Bronze Sailtrack is extruded from Bronze billet and measures 1 1/4" (32mm) wide x 3/8" high x 1/8" (.135") thick, Base is 0.70" wide. Track is drilled for 1/4" RH screws on 4" (102mm) centers. 1 1/4" Bronze Sailtrack is available in 6' and 12-foot lengths.
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