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Nice. BTW what's that red sail you're flying and how to you have it rigged at the mast head?
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That red sail is just our asymmetrical cruising spinnaker. It's in a sock and gets hoisted via the spin halyard. See my avatar photo.
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I may be missing something, but why don't you just swivel your Schaeffer blocks 180 degrees so the sheave is oriented away from the boat?
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I may be missing something, but why don't you just swivel your Schaeffer blocks 180 degrees so the sheave is oriented away from the boat?
Yup.... you are missing something. If you do that the line rides against the stanchion - not the sheave. If the block was captive you could run it Outside the sheave - but it's not.
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Thanks for this great thread. I just bought the Harken kit that includes 3 OSLBA's as well as the lead block and the ratchet block. I have a question on how to set it up, the cleat I need to use is aft of the stern rail that I need to mount the ratchet block to. The kit says you need a 90 degree turn off of that block but I really can't get one. It would be a real pain to mount the cleat that came with the kit. I am putting this on an S2 7.3, has anyone used this kit on a small boat like this and how did you do it?

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Thanks for this great thread. I just bought the Harken kit that includes 3 OSLBA's as well as the lead block and the ratchet block. I have a question on how to set it up, the cleat I need to use is aft of the stern rail that I need to mount the ratchet block to. The kit says you need a 90 degree turn off of that block but I really can't get one. It would be a real pain to mount the cleat that came with the kit. I am putting this on an S2 7.3, has anyone used this kit on a small boat like this and how did you do it?

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That's great that you got the whole kit! Nice upgrade. I am just using the OSLBAs. Our terminal ratchet block at the cockpit has a jam cleat built into it. We do have another small, fixed cleat forward of that as backup.

It really won't work very well if your cleat is aft of the ratchet block. Like they say, for the ratchet block to work advantageously, the line need to wrap around it.

Could you possibly find another spot forward of the stern rail to mount the small cleat? Or possibly show us some photos of your cockpit? We have some regular folks here that are very clever with rigging and deck hardware -- if you can give them a visual they can probably suggest a solution.
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I'm not sure if I could find a spot or not, I will take some pics tomorrow and post them, I was wondering if I really need the ratchet block on a boat my size though, could I get by without it?
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I'm not sure if I could find a spot or not, I will take some pics tomorrow and post them, I was wondering if I really need the ratchet block on a boat my size though, could I get by without it?
You shouldn't simply run the line from the cockpit/cleat directly to the first OSLBA. The OSLBAs are only designed as stand-off blocks to allow the furling line to pass outside of the stanchions with low friction. They require that the line be led in fair, and can't take much load. Same goes for any furling line stanchion blocks - not just Harken's OSLBA

So you really need to have some kind of turning block as the terminus near the cockpit. The block will (1) line up the furling line so it leads fair into the OSLBAs, and (2) take the load when you are pulling on the furling line to furl the sail. The block does not have to be a ratchet block per se, but the ratchet feature on the block will help you ease the line out under better control. You can get the same effect as the ratchet by wrapping the line on a winch.
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You shouldn't simply run the line from the cockpit/cleat directly to the first OSLBA. The OSLBAs are only designed as stand-off blocks to allow the furling line to pass outside of the stanchions with low friction. They require that the line be led in fair, and can't take much load. Same goes for any furling line stanchion blocks - not just Harken's OSLBA

So you really need to have some kind of turning block as the terminus near the cockpit. The block will (1) line up the furling line so it leads fair into the OSLBAs, and (2) take the load when you are pulling on the furling line to furl the sail. The block does not have to be a ratchet block per se, but the ratchet feature on the block will help you ease the line out under better control. You can get the same effect as the ratchet by wrapping the line on a winch.
The Harken kit comes with 2 turning blocks and 3 OSLBA's, the larger turning block is the ratchet one. The item number from Harken is 7402, I will try to post a picture of it. The line will go from the last stantion OSLBA to the ratchet block to the cleat, I'm just having trouble locating the cleat so the line come 90 or more off of the ratchet block.
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Here is a picture of the kit, this is my first picture post so if it works I'll try to get one of the boat and see if you guys have any suggestions for me.
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Here is a picture of my setup, the furling line will be the yellow line, you can see the forward most part of the stern rail with the ratchet block sort of on it and the cleat behind it. I may be able to mount the harken cleat ahead of the ratchet block and turn the line 180 but the deck is narrow there and hard to access from below so that would be my last choice.[IMG][/IMG]
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