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post #15 of Old 10-30-2006
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Ratchet blocks act to give you more control over a line and help reduce the load on your hands, by resisting the turning force of the asym sheets. I use one for the boom brake setup on my boat. Depending on the size of the asym and the winches used for it, you probably don't need a ratchet block. Generally, they're only used on lines that are handled manually, not ones that have a mechanical advantage device.

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her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

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