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Z-Spar Spinnaker Cars


Z-Spar Masts use a variety of proprietary Spinnaker Cars, that fit both their Integral and Add-on (Insert) Tracks. Cars are listed separately, depending on Track type.

Many older Z-Spar Mast Sections feature an Integral Spinnaker Car Track (2" (50mm) or 3 7/16" (87mm) wide) extruded into the forward side.
See: Spinnaker Cars for Z-Spar Masts w/ Integral Tracks.

Most newer Z-Spar Mast Sections feature an Internal Track Receiver Slot(s), extruded into the forward side. A variety of special Tracks (25mm or 32mm wide) for Slide Rod or Ball-Bearing Cars are designed to fit these Slots. Normally a factory-installed option, the Mast must be down to install these special insert Tracks. Note that bolt-on versions of these Tracks have been used on some Masts and are also available.
See: Spinnaker Cars for Z-Spar Masts w/ Add-on Tracks.

It is sometimes preferable to install a standard T-Track, either for convenience or to allow for a greater number of Car options. While all Z-Spar Masts allow for this, Mast Sections with the Internal Track Receiver Slot (7/8" (22mm) wide) require a plastic Track insert, Z-731P, to fill the Track Receiver Slot. The Mast must be down to install this Track insert and any of the insert Tracks.

Most Z-Spar Spinnaker Cars require a Line Control system to hold the Car in position. Internal and External Spinnaker Car Line Control Kits are listed below.

See also: Spinnaker Poles & Parts, Spinnaker Halyard Blocks, Masthead Spinnaker Bails & Cranes, Z-Spar Spinnaker Pole / Mast Eyes and Other (non-Z-Spar) Spinnaker Cars.
 


Spinnaker Cars for Z-Spar Masts w/ Integral Tracks
Many older Z-Spar Mast Sections feature an integral External Spinnaker Car Track (2" or " wide) extruded into the forward side.
Most Masts will have one side of this track cut out (approximately 4" long) near the deck, to allow for mounting the car without unstepping the mast. If this cutout is not there you will have to cut it, or unstep the mast to install these Spinnaker Cars (except for the plastic, Z-73P-AZT Car).
 


Spinnaker Cars for Z-Spar Masts w/ Add-on Tracks
Many newer Z-Spar Mast Sections feature an Internal Track Receiver Slot, or 2 Grooves, extruded into the forward side. A variety of special Tracks (25mm or 32mm wide) are designed to fit these Slots or Grooves. Normally a factory-installed option, the Mast must be down to install these special insert Tracks. A wide array of Slide Rod and Ball Bearing Cars are available to fit these Tracks.

 


Spinnaker Car Line Control Kits
Most Z-Spar Spinnaker Cars require a Line Control system to hold the Car in position. Internal and External Spinnaker Car Line Control Kits are listed below.
 

Spinnaker Car Line Control Kit - External: NGA-55E:
Spinnaker Car Line Control Kit for external control line is rigged with one cheekblock near the base of the mast, and one above the maximum desired car height. Single control line is attached to the shackle on the upper end of the car, runs through the upper cheekblock, down past 2 cleats (facing in opposite directions), through the lower cheekblock, and is tied off to the shackle on the bottom of the car. Kit includes 2 cheek blocks, 2 clam cleats, all fasteners, and a 3/8" Samson control line with an eye splice in one end, long enough to allow up to 14 feet of Car travel. Mounting requires drilling and tapping 12 holes.

 

NGA-55E
Spinnaker Car Line Control Kit - Internal: NGA-56I:
Spinnaker Car Line Control Kit for internal control line is rigged with one exit block on the forward centerline near the base of the mast, and one above the maximum desired car height. Single control line is attached to the shackle on the upper end of the car, runs through the upper exit block, down inside the mast, through the lower exit block, and is tied off to the shackle on the bottom of the car. Two clam cleats mount above the lower exit block (facing in opposite directions) to lock car in position. Kit includes 2 exit blocks, 2 clam cleats, all fasteners, and a 3/8" Samson control line with an eye splice in one end, long enough to allow up to 14 feet of Car travel. Mounting requires cutting 2 slots for exit blocks, and drilling and tapping 8 holes.
NGA-56I

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