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Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

SO I dropped my snatch block overboard and my fingers shook looking at the cost of a replacement.

But then on eBay, I notice a bunch of ATV snatch blocks made from 316 stainless.

Warn Winch 61560 Snatch Block and Shackle | eBay

Why don't people use those?
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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Made for cable, Heavy, Ugly and if you keep watching Ebay you can get a deal on the right ones!.....Dale
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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

The link you posted looks like the block is for wire, not line. You are supposed to run your Land Rover's winch wire through it and then attach it to your ATV with the shackle provided so you can extricate yourself from the river you landed in by mistake after your third beer. It "doubles" the pulling power, and since this makes it take twice as long, you get to finish your fourth beer. It is strong enough to be used on a boat, but the sheave probably isn't wide enough to take a line that won't cut into your hands when you go to trim it. (Your hands are not built to handle winch cable.) The way this ATV snatch block is built, with pieces that come together under pressure, means that when it's not under pressure (when it's on the windward side of a jibsheet, for example) it will clatter to the deck, making a lot of noise between the shackle, the cheeks, and the sheave, banging and jangling there on every wave until you tack, when the one on the other side begins doing the same. There is a reason boat snatch blocks often have rubber coatings on the outside- so the off-watch can sleep. Having to attach it with a shackle, rather than a clasp, means you will have to mouse the shackle if you don't want to lose the pin. This makes moving or changing the snatchblock quite a hassle. Boat-type snatchblocks are expensive, but there are reasons for it.

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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Sorry to hear about the loss of the snatch block my friend, try to think of it as a gift to the sailing gods . Here is what I do , I buy ones that are broken and then put a little wood on them .
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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Nice.

I knew that block was too good to be true.....
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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Look at Garhauer (on-line). They've got some real deals on nice snatch blocks. I have a pair.

http://garhauermarine.com/catalog_process.cfm?cid=26
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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Another advocate for Garhauer. A lot of bang for your buck, and made in the USA too.

That being said, have you considered Antal's Low Friction Rings? They're starting to replace blocks in many situations. I've replaced a few myself. Stupid simple, inexpensive, and work great.
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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Garhauer is a great company to do business with. Good products, reasonable prices and great service.

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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Just saw a couple singles and pairs on E-Bay this morning at pretty good prices. Ya might consider looking/bidding.Ya never know!?
I won a pair of 52mmNMs last month for $70.00. Patience and constant searches..as well as being thrifty...helps

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Re: Non-Marine Snatch Blocks?

Why do you need snatch blocks for sheet lines I prefer regular blocks, so the lines stay put better! And they cost less!.....Dale
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