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Modern Classics; Vintage style, Harken Performance


With Panerai British Classic Week in progress and Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week kicking off Monday, some of the most beautiful boats in the world have descended on Cowes ready to race.

Both regattas are an occasion for classic yacht enthusiasts to enjoy close racing and to spend time with likeminded sailors who share their appreciation of these elegant boats. Strolling through the Yacht Haven, on the surface not much would look out of place in an vintage Pathe clip. However, many of these classics hide a secret. Look a bit closer and you might notice that beneath the 'golden-age' glamour beats the heart of a true modern racer, thanks to Harken.

Harken introduced their Classic Collection in response to demand from classic boat owners who wanted modern hardware performance without compromising on style. Originally created for custom megayacht projects, the Classic Collection offers Harken's world beating rope-handling technology with classic styling. The Collection includes Chrome and Bronze plated winches and classically styled bearing blocks for trimming as graceful as the boats themselves.

The Classic Collection winch range offers a range of sizes of Radial and Self-tailing winch as well as smaller Plain-Top winches to enhance your yacht's classic aesthetic, while providing the low-friction pulling power of Harken's gearing systems. There are even custom winch handles to ensure the classic look is loyally retained throughout.

Harken's classic wooden blocks combine elegant, hand-selected, marine-treated elm and a choice of metal sheaves with a modern high-performance ULC bearing system. Block shells are crafted from hand-selected, classic maritime elm which resists splitting and does not dry out. A gloss finish protects the wood from the elements and gives it a deep, rich shine. Sheaves are constructed of high-strength, corrosion-resistant, black-anodized aluminum or a rich finished bronze-perfect for today's high-strength rope and winches. Bronze medallions on either side can be engraved with the yacht name or logo to enhance the sense of tailor-made, traditional craftsmanship.

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