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Block selection help please
Hello, I need to see if anyone has a suggestion for application of blocks for my boat. I sail a 1967 Venture 21. The main sail sheet runs through a single block on the starboard gunwale and a double block that is attached to the aft end of the boom. Both of these blocks currently have 1 inch sheaves, and appear to be original (they look like good quality sailing blocks). They are TUPHBLOX from England and are a stainless steel and composite make up.
The sheaves roll fine and seem to be in good shape, but the sheet is not real easy to draw in or let out. I'm getting friction somewhere.
Since I am going to replace the blocks, would it be better to go with a slightly larger sheave? Say a 1 1/2 inch?
I was looking at some Harken Big Bullet with 1 1/2 inch sheave. Is this the sort of block I should be after or would something else be better?
Keep in mind this is an older, simple, fairly inexpensive boat - so I don't need overkill but I do like to stay out when it starts to blow!