Made from 316 Stainless, this opening prefeeder has a pull piston catch positive latch and easy release and rolling balls to reduce frition and aid smooth hoists. The hinge is offset from the center line so that the bowman can lash it to or around the forestay. Handles 4mm to 7mm luff tape.
Have you ever had the luff tape come out of the prefeeder when hoisting the headsail in heavy conditions? The Wichard Prefeeder has been designed to quickly and simply address this, it can be easily opened with one hand and reconnected to the headsail luff tape without the need to drop the sail or laboriously feeding the sail by hand. Made with Wichard's innovative design and manufacturing techniques this is a must have item on any serious offshore racing yacht.
Before re-hoisting the bowman doesn’t need to remove the headsail from the luff grove, he just has to open the prefeeder and close it around the luff tape. No need to remove the headsail anymore! To open simply push the spring with your thumb, the jaws will open automatically. To close, squeeze the jaws together between thumb and fingers, until the spring re engages. The prefeeder can be easily installed below any headsail foil or headsail reefing configuration. In the closed position, it ensures a smooth and easy sail.
Suitable for luff tapes up to 0.38" (~3/8" or 9.6mm).
These feeders guarantee a smooth, fast sail hoist with no hand feeding. Graphite loaded, anodized smooth alloy rollers with hidden fasteners protect luff tape. Forged 316 stainless steel body can be track mounted using provided slug or fastened directly to mast face. Assembly weighs 0.29 lbs.
These Sea Sure pre-feeders use aluminum rollers which guide the bolt rope into the mast groove eliminating twisting or snagging, making mainsail hoisting a one man operation. Come in both 45mm and 42mm widths.