Sailboat Rack Systems
Barrington Marine specializes in the design, manufacture, and distribution of the world's first marine-grade, production sailboat rack system. These innovative rack systems provide coastal and offshore sailors with a convenient and organized way to stow gear while sailing and in harbor. These storage systems take advantage of the underutilized space beneath the boom and above the deck, and allows any sailor to easily accommodate important gear such as dinghies, solar panels, surfboards, kayaks, bicycles, etc.
These sailboat rack systems by Barrington Marine have been designed to accommodate most sailboats between 20' and 50', and after an intense two years development and testing, the rack design will accommodate virtually all sailboats which have normal handrails, this unique feature also allows for the use of these racks on most yachts as well. While this design adapts to the handrails of each sailboat, the weight on the rack does not transfer to the handrails, rather the weight transfers to the level mount feet located at the base of the foundation block. This means that only a fraction of the actual weight transfers to the handrails which merely serve as a mounting point for the rack's foundation blocks.
When a boat heels, the weight on the rack transfers from side to side which generates load and stress and would likely compromise the teak or stainless handrails of a standard yacht. However, the unique design of this rack ensures that the load stress is transferred to the rack's foundation blocks through four level mount feet molded into the rack foundation blocks. The level mount also allows the foundation blocks to sit at a comfortable 90° angle to the deck and compensate for any curve in a cabin top which results in a custom-fit for every application.
How to Determine Crossbar Length
1. Locate desired position of foundation blocks.
2. Measure the distance between the handrails for the fore and aft crossbar.
3. Note the measurement in inches for fore and aft crossbars.
4. Use following chart to determine the appropriate length crossbar for your boat.
- Crossbar #1: 33" - 54" or (35.5-55)
- Crossbar #2: 54" - 73" or (56-76)
- Crossbar #3: 73" - 94" or (77-96)
- Crossbar #4: 94" - 115" or (98 - 116)
How much weight can be loaded on the sailboat rack system?
The rack has been rated to 150 lbs. Ideally, 90lbs - 110lbs is an ideal size load.
How will the sailboat rack system perform in heavy weather?
Barrington Marine has undergone extensive design development and testing to ensure that the rack will perform in gales and heavy weather. The rack system was subject to 6 gales and two squally over the course of two Trans-Atlantic crossings in 2007/2008 while loaded with 130lbs of gear. So, provided that the rack system is installed correctly to professionally installed handrails and that the rack is not overloaded (150lbs or less), the performance of the rack system is guaranteed for any weather up to 60 knots.
What types of accessories can be mounted to the rack system?
Barrington Marine is partnered with Yakima, Inc., a leader in car rack manufacturing and provides a range of products and Yakima accessories that are ideal for many types of boating gear and compatible with Barrington Marine's sailboat rack system.
Is drilling through the deck of my sailboat required to install the sailboat rack system?
No, there is absolutely no drilling required with the rack system. The rack can be installed and uninstalled in 25 minutes or less with only an allen wrench and standard pliers. Once the rack is taken down it can be easily stored with no awkward-shaped parts which are often drawbacks on a cruising yacht.
What materials are used in the sailboat rack system?
Made from the highest quality marine grade materials, the sailboat rack system is constructed from three major material groups, and included the application of glass-filled Nylon 66 with UV inhibitors, 6061 marine grade aluminum for the crossbar pieces, and 304 stainless steel for the knobs, level mounts, screws and allen head bolts.
What are some of the uses of the rack while cruising?
The rack system has a wide variety of uses, some of the more obvious uses include:
And, some less obvious uses:
- Dinghy storage (rigid & inflatable)
- Solar panels
- Attaching a cargo box to store gear
- Whisker & spinnaker poles
- Spare propane tanks
- Life rafts
- Fishing poles
- Workbench for cutting wood
- Attaching a vice
- Hang spare dock lines
- Attach Yakima basket to hold wet gear
- Mount bicycles beneath the boom
How will I be able to see once the rack is installed?
The rack has been designed so that each of the foundation blocks is 11 inches off the deck. The height of the blocks has been incorporated to clear any deck gear such as hatches and hardware. Also, the 11" space allows the sailor to have a view forward to the bow, which is a must when sailing coastally and in tight harbors. The added visibility means the rack will not obstruct a skipper's view when at the helm.
How much boom clearance will I need to safely use the rack system?
Boom clearance will largely depend upon the height of the item stored on the rack. Once the rack is installed it should on average use about 12 inches of vertical height inclusive of the crossbar. Simply add the thickest section of the item to be stored on the rack and add it to the 12 inches. This will determine the overall height required from the deck.
How far apart should the bars be?
The distance between the crossbars will depend on several factors.
First, the space available under the boom. If this space is constrained by a mainsheet traveler, a dodger or a boom vang, then this will affect the width of the crossbars.
The second factor depends on the size of the gear attached to the deck. For example, a longer item stored lengthwise, like a dinghy, would require the crossbars to be farther apart.
The third factor affecting the distance between the bars is the application of the rack. If the rack is going to be used to store gear in a cargo box and the cargo box was to be positioned from port to starboard rather than lengthwise along the deck, then the crossbars would need to be closer together.