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Luff Foil vs Hanks - Which is Best For You?

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For racing yachts and cruiser/racers with a fixed (non-furling) headstay there are really two possible methods of attaching the luff of the jib to the wire or rod forestay: in a luff foil, or with hanks. In our recent survey of the UK doublehanded fleet we found 56% of respondents using luff foils compared with 38% on hanks. In this blog we explore some of the things to consider when making this choice. 

Tuff Luff head foils - Care and Maintenance



Tuff Luff’s twin-grooved headfoil allows for easy and fast headsail changes. It is a must-have system for any club or competitive race boat. Tuff Luff is owned by Schaefer Marine Inc. who has been in marine hardware design since 1966.

Harken or Tuff Luff Headfoils?


What are the main twin-groove racing headfoil options available and what are the key features and benefits of each?

A twin-groove headfoil is a must-have system for any club or grand prix race boat. Seamless inside / outside genoa hoists allow you to keep trucking upwind as the wind changes. 

We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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