Using the ratchet is so easy, why should I use the regular cleat at all?
Cause if you only use the ratchet the rope will always get loaded at the same spot when fully downhauled. This concentrated load will eventually squeeze down that part of the rope. When that happens the teeth of the clamping wheel cannot transport/tension the rope anymore.
The easiest way to avoid a fast partial rope wear and tear is to always use the regular cleat to pre-tension your sail.
Also it's much faster to pre-tension the sail using the regular cleat since each ratchet click results in only 8 mm of rope movement.
Exchanging the Power.XT rope ►video
Your POWER.XT comes with a special Dyneema rope which is extremely low stretch and abrasion resistant. However, due to the high downhaul tension on the clamping wheel even this rope is subject to a certain degree of wear and tear. It won't tear but wears out and becomes thinner.
When the rope starts to slip while downhauling the sail, it is time to exchange it. Hint: when the rope starts to slide you can still finish your session if you press the rope firmly into the clamping wheel using your fingernail during the tensioning process.
As a short term solution in principle, any 4mm rope is suitable as a replacement rope. However, we strongly recommend using the original POWER.XT Dyneema rope, as it's custom-designed to fit with the clamping wheel teeth ensuring maximum grip and durability.
Here you'll find all POWER.XT 2.0 spares
When exchanging the rope, please make sure that the correct feed-through hole is used towards the regular cleat, otherwise the rope will cross over. When threading the rope make sure not to start from the regular cleat but to thread towards it.
- Cross hole (starting close to the ratchet wheel): used for all 0° oriented tack rollers (e.g. Duotone, GA/Gaastra, Goya, Neil Pryde)
- Straight through-hole: used for all 90° twisted tack rollers (e.g. Gun Sails, Loft, Naish)
For more details see here
Power.XT maintenance ►video
Over time even stainless steel and aluminium components get affected by salt water. Therefore after holidays in salt water please put the POWER.XT into a bucket full of sweet water.
Once or twice a year you should give your POWER.XT the following special treatment:
- Hose down your POWER.XT with a hard water jet and then let it dry well (e.g. put it on the heater for 1 day).
- Now turn the POWER.XT upside-down.
- Get Silicone spay and spray it into the gaps inbetween the black bars, the clamping wheel and the big white lever (see pic). Move the ratchet and repeat spraying several times. This way the oil gets onto the axle.
- All moving parts on the big white lever should be sprayed as well.
- Finally wipe the POWER.XT clean with a cloth to remove all excess oil. Especially the teeth of the clamping wheel and the standard cleat must be free of oil.
Attention: Do NOT attempt to disassemble the POWER.XT by removing the axle bolt! Without detailed instructions, this will most likely result in the loss of parts risking to destroy the function of your POWER.XT.
After a while of flawless function the Power.XT ratchet doesn't release anymore ►video
Over 9 years of experience with the majority of PWA riders, selected premium centers and countless end consumers around the world have proven that version 2.0 is bombproof and works flawless in all kind of conditions and with any type of sail out there.
The only thing we occasionally hear is that after a couple of seasons sometimes the ratchet doesn't release anymore. For the ratchet to work the small pin at the bottom of the white ratchet lever needs to spring back towards the bottom end of the slot.
As soon as the pin looses its springiness the ratchet refuses to release.
Experience has shown that there are 2 reasons for the pin to loose its springiness:
- You think you need to push the lever as hard as you can to release the tension whereas in fact it's not much power necessary to release the ratchet.
- In case the ratchet doesn't receive any "care" from you (see under maintance) over time salt and sand increase the friction of the system up to a point that you need to push super hard with the lever for the ratchet to work.
Fortunately there's a very simple solution to get your POWER.XT 2.0 back up and running within 5 minutes by replacing the ratchet lever (get the spare part here):
- Use 2 allen keys (size 5) to remove the RIGHT-hand side screw of the axle bolt.
- CAREFULLY slide the axle bolt towards the left-hand side but just far enough to get the lever off the axle bolt (attention: do NOT slide the axle bolt any further so that the ratchet wheel falls out!).
- Now slide the new lever in, push the axle bolt back in place and secure it with the screws again.
Can I really use the full adjustment range of the mast extension
With alloy booms we don't recommend to use the whole extension range - at least if you're a heavy guy and/or are sailing in heavy conditions.
However with mast extensions you can use the entire range. At least our tests and experience have shown no difference in durability by doing so.
Power.XT special Tips & Tricks ►video
Further Tips & Tricks ►video
On our TIPS & TRICKS youtube channel you can find everything to maintain and/or get the most out of your Duotone products.
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