Doyle Anomaly Headboard Wins 2012 Pittman Innovation Award

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to introduce the Doyle Anomaly Headboard, winner of a 2012 Pittman Innovation Award by SAIL Magazine.

Each year SAIL honors the memory of Freeman K. Pittman, their Technical Editor of 14 years who succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1996, with the Pittman Innovation Awards. The Pittman Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative and interesting new products on the market.

SAIL’s team of judges — senior editor Adam Cort, executive editor Charles J. Doane, technical editor Jay Paris, electronics editor Ralph Naranjo and editor-at-large David Schmidt — went through the fall boat shows looking for the latest and greatest in new gear.

The Doyle Anomaly Headboard allows a Square Top mainsail to be lowered and flaked with ease.

Sail Magazine | Doyle Anomaly Headboard
By Adam Court

Doyle Anomaly Headboard Winner of SAIL's 2012 Pittman Innovation Award

Square-headed mainsails are a fantastic way of adding power to a boat’s sailplan, concentrating sailcloth up high where the wind is. Most square-headed mains carry a horizontal gaff batten at the very top of the sail with a diagonal batten angling down from the top of the leech to support the extra sail area. When it comes time to lower the sail, however, these battens cause trouble, as they don’t flake nicely, requiring that the sail’s head and/or the gaff batten be removed from the sail track. Hoisting sail is also problematic and sometimes calls for harness-dangling heroics, especially aboard large boats. Doyle’s Anomaly headboard solves these dilemmas by affixing the head of the sail to a detachable composite “carriage,” which is attached via a 2:1 tackle to the top sail car on the mast track. When raising sail, halyard tension automatically pulls the carriage into the car where a toggle locks it in place. No more having to attach the head of the sail to the track manually. When it comes time to lower the sail, the carriage comes free again as the halyard tension comes off, allowing for easy flaking. From $1,950. Doyle Sailmakers Inc.

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