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Another vote for Garhauer blocks!

I had same experience with special pricing at Annapolis Boatshow, but the regular prices are a bargain for hardware of this quality.

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I'd also agree that the Garhauer are more in line with the Lewmar Racing. I've used the Garhauer on a few other projects and been very happy with them.

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thanks for the replies..
now here is a value/need question. what are the inherrent advantages of using a ratchet over a standard block in an asymm spinnaker environment? for instance, the very affordable lewmar 60mm w/ becket on defender.com does not have a ratchet. the harken 3.00 w/o becket is $50.00 ea. as this won't be used in a racing environment, i'll mostly be sailing to trim.
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Not to belabor the point, but here's another vote for Garhauer. I bought a soft vang from them at the Miami Boat Show. Very good quality, and about 2/3rds the price of the other major brands, including internet and ebay prices.
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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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For cruising you likely do not need rachet blocks but they can be handy. In light to moderate air you can just use the block, you do not have to use a winch. The block does not turn back so you have a fair bit of friction when easing the sheet. This allows you to hand hold the line.

I am actually putting a pair on my 30 footer a S2 9.1. Since these boats come with the seconday winches on the cabin top I find that when we are raising or dropping a spinaker at a mark while racing we some times need to hold the sheet or guy by hand for a short period. If it is really blowing that can be difficult. The rachet block would help out here.

I have only had it one one summer so there may be other options but I like the rachet blocks. On smaller boats you can just use them and no winch required.

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Garhauer!!! It is not a cheaper product, it is a less expensive product. The money they do not spend on half a dozen full page ads in every sail magazine and the money that the retailer makes is translated into savings to you.
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The other thing they do is sell direct to the public, avoiding the markup that the distributors and retailers have to make on the product.

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