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My 2 cents. I installed the garhauer blocks on our big boat 5 yrs and 24,000nms ago and they've been great. Garhauer also made custom lead block brackets to fit our 1-3/8" bow rails. Cheap!!!
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Great pictures and explanation! I wasn't aware of these at all.. thanks!
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Those harken blocks are slick!
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Looks like these would work and are not plastic.

http://garhauermarine.com/images/product/SB-3.jpg
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SB-3 - Stainless Steel Blocks length: width:
weight: shackle:
One screw adjustment clamps on 1" stanchion.
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John- I've been wanting to install the Harken blocks since first reading this thread but didn't get around to pulling the trigger until now. Money well spent, they reduced the friction quite a bit and the genoa is much easier to furl now. I already had a swivel block mounted at the bow and a ratcheting block at the cockpit but I had the line running through welded eyes at the base of the stanchions and there must have been a lot of friction. I'll probably still need the winch in high winds to furl it but it seems to be a lot easier so far up to 20 knots.
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John- I've been wanting to install the Harken blocks since first reading this thread but didn't get around to pulling the trigger until now. Money well spent, they reduced the friction quite a bit and the genoa is much easier to furl now. I already had a swivel block mounted at the bow and a ratcheting block at the cockpit but I had the line running through welded eyes at the base of the stanchions and there must have been a lot of friction. I'll probably still need the winch in high winds to furl it but it seems to be a lot easier so far up to 20 knots.
Glad to hear that, jrd! I still have the older swivel and ratchet blocks at either end, too. I hope to upgrade them soon to the full Harken system, as I recently noticed a ball bearing missing from the forward swivel block.
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Re: Furling Line Hardware -- A New Option

Eye opening!
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Re: Furling Line Hardware -- A New Option

You can also run these fairleads outside of the stanchions:
Spinlock WL fairlead

They are a lot less expensive and make sense for the stanchions where the line doesn't need to make an aggressive angle change.
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