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Old 07-20-2010
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Furling line fairleads vs. blocks

I'm looking into running my furling line outboard of the stanchions to improve the safety of my somewhat narrow side decks. It appears that there are two flavors of line leads: simple bullseye fairleads and those with blocks (pulleys).

Are there any guidelines as to when you need to move from fairleads to blocks? I would assume blocks are necessary at the first stanchion and last due to the line's direction changes, so I'm just talking about the middle three stanchions.

In my case, I have a 27' boat with a 150% genoa. Would the tension be low enough that I can get away with the less expensive and lower profile fairleads? I'm thinking yes, but hoping someone has practical experience to back up my guessing.

Thanks in advance,
CS27 #1254 ~ Ravat
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