Introducing the Harken SnubbAir

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. – First designed to solve a deck layout challenge unique to the the winch it replaces. But the product has so many potential applications it defies classification as a winch.
“The SnubbAir can replace winches. But in other applications it could act more like a really large ratcheting foot or cheek block or even a ratcheting line diverter in the pit. The SnubbAir provides lots of line-holding power even without a winch handle. That muscle could become very popular on an A Scow or a powered-up sport boat where the spinnakers can be more than a handful. Even better, you can just flip the sheet off the drum and jibe. If you need even more holding power, wrap the sheet around the SnubbAir twice or use a winch handle with the optional adapter.” said Greg Hartlmeier, lead engineer on the project.
“The Classic Harken plain-top B8A winch has proven to be a great product on boats all over. But take one walk down the dock at a J/70 event and you see the whole array of creative ways crews try to pad or cover them up. We started to think that changing out the B8A in that application could improve crew performance — and reduce the amount of bruising the trimmers endure,” said Jim Andersen, Harken’s U.S. Sales Manager. “Give credit to J/Boats. They wanted to keep the winches and maintain the ability for mixed and different sized crews to continue to sail the boat at a high level. They recognized that some form of load holding assistance was necessary. That leads us to SnubbAir.”
SnubbAir comes with four integral threaded studs placed to match the bolt pattern of the B8A winch on the J/70 deck. Early experiments indicate that start-to-finish, swapping out the two winches for SnubbAirs takes less than 10 minutes. All washers and Nylok® nuts required for mounting are included.
The SnubbAir can be ordered with an optional winch handle adapter that lets crews use any conventional winch handle. It weighs less than half of the B8A plain top winch and is 30% lower to the deck. It features two races of Delrin® ball bearings like a block, which assure it operates with very little friction.
“We named it the SnubbAir because it’s a modern spin on an old-school snubbing winch,” Hartlmeier said. “And its low profile, wide drum diameter and large hole in the center make it look a little like our Grand Prix Air® winches.”
As is called for in J/70 Class rules, SnubbAir will debut with the next series boats produced by J/Boats. As such, they are now class-legal for retrofit and are available from Harken dealers immediately.
Delrin is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates. Nylok is a registered trademark of Nylok Corporation.
About: Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wis., Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Its network includes distribution in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida).

By Ocean Navigator