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I'm using a Harken Hexaratchet for my boom brake setup, to help apply tension to the brake line.
I think they'd be pretty good for spinnaker sheets and make a lot of sense for controlling a spinnaker sock.
I'm also planning on installing them for the two roller furling lines I have on my boat as well.
Basically, ratchet blocks are great for lines that you need to control under load, and most of the load on the line is one direction.
For the spinnaker sheets, I'd recommend the Harken Ratchamatic blocks rather than the Hexaratchet blocks. The reason I'd say this, is under light loads the blocks will freely rotate in both directions, yet when the wind loads up the kite, the block will help you control the lines, by having the ratchet engage under the heavier load.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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