The bar I was use to was the standard naish bar. I would normally ride with the bar sheeted out to the knot and use the depower strap to tune the kite. I would only pull the bar in when I needed a little extra power or when wanting to turn down wind. With the CC bar you can leave the bar anywhere along it's 20+ inches of travel. So, when you are riding and the wind starts to get stronger or you hit a big gust you simply push the bar away slightly to sheet out the kite. If the wind lightens up you pull the bar towards you. The double pully system makes it so that this can all be done with one hand and it takes very little pressure to push away or pull in. Once I got use to it I have never been so comfortable riding in gusty conditions with one hand. I have heard some say that it only took them 30 minutes to get use to the system. It took me a little longer, but I can honestly say I can't imagine going back to my old setup.
Interesting, I ride on the knot also.
Couple questions for ya
-Would this hold position even in a big gust or was there a little "play" in it?
-Do you have any pics of your bar by chance? It looks like 2 lines go thru it and meet at a block (spinny thing on your side of the bar).
-Is there a model # on the Harken (block at the top)?
It's prob a Harken 2658 - http://www.sailnet.com/store/item.cfm
Or a Harken 2656 - http://www.sailnet.com/store/item.cfm?pid=28274+
And yes...they look a like.
Has me very curious...tend to build my own stuff custom on top of a Longhorn bar (hey, we all have our bar preferences).
(I did ask WW if they sold the sheeting sys ala carte, but they declined...and frankly I haven't seen enough reviews yet...not to mention there is no wind to speak of here; so no way to rest as it is. So for now just collecting impressions and getting a sense of it.)
Thanks for your help, sorry for all the questions.