I have the two above and a shift bar.vela99 wrote: ↑Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:06 amHi
I own both and I am a bit more sceptical with the Click Bar than most users. There are advantages and disadvantages for both and in my mind the high price for the Click Bar is not justifies at all. The only reason I have one is that I got it for 300 Euro semi new (looked completely unused).
Advantages: width adjustable, very quick trimming.
Disadvantages: trim line dangling around, poor velcro to fix the end of trim line, plastic lashes to clip the ends fragile.
Advantages: clean (not sure why this is so important...no danglin lines maybe?)
Disadvantages: to trim for more power is actually slower. No width adjustment (for me a big disadvantage).
Currently prefer the click bar to the shift bar because its narrower (easier with gloves for cold weather) and a lot easier to adjust.
I'm not a fan of the rectangular profile centre lines. It sticks too much in situations where the centre line tension is low (light winds/backstall/etc) when trying to sheet out. Prefer just rope.
The new chicken loop of the shift bar is nice and slightly easier to reassemble.
For me its the little things that make the click bar worth while.
- The small adjustments. Sure you can micro adjust on a pulley in theory but in practice you would end up pulling three inches in, then releasing 2 1/2inchs, then pulling 2 inches in...... and so forth. Putting 8 levels of adjustment in just simplifies it enough to work better somehow.
- Adjustment without tension on the lines. Go out on a strong wind day and need full trim to land it - yet now its a light wind day. No problems just twist whilst setting up.
They are all nice things to have but not essential in any way.
To me its the electric windows in cars thing. Sure there's more to potentially go wrong and you don't need them but once you have electric windows you don't really want to go back.