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Question snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

[B][/BOk I have the Harken roller furler and jib all set up, can I use or (what should I use) snatch blocks on the jib cars that are installed on my boat. It's a Cal 2-30 The jib cars are just loops , no pulley? Here's a pic of a similar jib car .I know I need a rig to keep the jib sheets down closer to the boat.


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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

You can use snatch blocks but they're pretty expensive for that purpose. Just use a regular block with swivel becket attached to the U in the track car. Save the snatch blocks for temporary things when they're really helpful.
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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

Snatch blocks also tend to be heavy and will bang around in the light stuff, making annoying noises and not doing your gelcoat any good.

Regular blocks shackled in with 'stand up springs' will be a much better setup, improved only by the wide roller-style jib leads like these:

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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

i use snatch blocks, i have 2 sets of cars on my jib tracks, allows me to use either set depending on head sail. I have 2 sets of cars because i have a moveable cleat inbetween the 2 for spring lines at the dock. Snatch blocks work well for me.
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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

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Snatch blocks also tend to be heavy and will bang around in the light stuff, making annoying noises and not doing your gelcoat any good.

Regular blocks shackled in with 'stand up springs' will be a much better setup, improved only by the wide roller-style jib leads like these:

If you can, you should get proper fairleads like the ones Faster showed you. They are FAR better than having blocks flopping around on deck. The sheet will run much smoother through it, particularly when the sail is flogging and they are also a whole lot easier to adjust when the sail is up.
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I've used snatch blocks (different sizes) for over 40 years and they never "banged". There's all kinds of pulleys and track cars today but a snatch block is reliable, quick to rig and is multi-purpose. On heavy cruisers it is almost always the best option.
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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

The problem with snatch blocks is they are inherently weaker and more expensive than jib cars. And not by a little bit either, the differences can be pretty significant.

For instance, the harken mid-range geneoa lead is $181, as compared to a comparable working load snatch block at $357.

For your boat you probably don't need to go that big, and could get away with a small boat jib car at $133. Harken does not make a snatch block in that size though, so you are stuck with the $357 one instead.
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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

This is what I have at the moment, haven't changed anything yet. The snatch blocks came with the boat so I tried them, there's a bungee to keep it from flopping I assume the original owner set up. Taking all the good info you guys gave me and going from there
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Re: snatch block on cars for jib sheets?

Wow, your genoa sheets pretty far outboard! You don't have any inboard tracks? That looks more like a barber haul or spinnaker guy location!
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