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jaschrumpf 05-13-2009 08:25 AM

Can't remember what this part is called
Currently my main and jib halyards are at the mast and are cleated off there. I'd like to run the halyards to the cockpit to make singlehanding easier, and while I can visualize the parts I need I can't remember what the name of one of them them is.

What is the name of the block that would be attached to the base of the mast to turn the halyard through 90 deg from vertical to leading across the deck? To make the next turn I'd just use an organizer, or even just a cheek block since I only have one line on each side of the mast.

Does that sound right?


svHyLyte 05-13-2009 08:46 AM

Turning blocks.

camaraderie 05-13-2009 09:00 AM

or cheek block.

JohnRPollard 05-13-2009 09:53 AM


I would go with "turning blocks". Scheafer, Garhauer, Harken, Ronstan all make nice examples. SailNet sells some:

Turning Blocks

Also, hard to tell from your avatar photo, but it looks like you already have one line coming back to the cockpit, port and starboard? If so, I think it would be worth getting the deck organizer (rather than cheek blocks), and possibly a double rope clutch or two. You don't have to purchase it all at once -- but map it out so you don't have to backtrack later.

Deck Organizers

If you go with the deck organizer, I would suggest getting a size that leaves you with an extra sheave -- in case you decide to run another line aft later (outhaul, topping lift, slab reef line???)

jaschrumpf 05-13-2009 11:23 AM

"Turning blocks" is what I was misremembering. All the suggestions sound good, too.

Thanks for all the responses.

sailingdog 05-13-2009 06:39 PM


If your boat has a deck stepped mast, a good way to mount turning blocks is to add a plate or ring to hold the blocks to the mast base.

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