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The Poor Man Standing Block

Yesterday I was talking to T34C on the phone, and was asking him to buy me a few blocks I need to make a modification in my boat..

I needed him to get me standup blocks, in this case, for the Spinnaker sheets , I don't like to have springs and other systems that more than often end up snagging some of the lines, in all rearwards blocks, and cockpit area...

So I asked him to get me regular blocks and I would do the "poor man" standing block...

I got a "what the hell is that???" from the otherside of the phone, so I explained that since 1980 I use tenis balls underneath the blocks to keep them up, and this is a good idea for dinghies where we sail barefoot most of the time and kicking the foot of a block with your toes hurts like a devil, and because its more difficult for the block to snag and hold a line that is accidentaly near it..

So this is what I do:

You will need a block, a padeye (off course attached to the deck, cabin or whatever), and a tenis ball or other soft rubber ball that is hollow and fits the size...



Attach the block as ususal to measure the height between the block and the deck/cabin...



Take a tenis bal and cut a round hole on one side, that has to be wide enough to pass the block shaft...

On the opposite side cut a slot, that is as long as the length of the padeye. Don't be affraid to cut, watch your fingers..



Install the block shaft thru the hole, attach the shackle thru the slot underneath, and attach to the padeye..

BINGO there you have the POOR MAN STANDING BLOCK



You may also cut the ball in half if you need to get different heights...experiment..generaly the more you cut the ball the softer it will be and the more flexible it will be.

This is what I use for my spinnaker standing blocks..

And I have to admit...when you look at a boat, and you see these little tricks applied, such as the tennis ball under a block...one can imediately tell there is someone that knows what he is doing on the boat...I think it also makes the boat look really sporty and racey...

Ahh gets better, yopu can use many colours, as long as tenins industry paints them, and once dirty, just get a new ball.....

Good luck

Alex

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Tennis ball mutilation. I'm contacting the USTA.
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Brilliant Giu!

And I must cancel my order for two Lewar stand-up blocks (at ridiculous prices).

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Tennis balls are also useful to stop cleats from fouling sheets. We use half a tennis ball stuffed under each side of the cleat so that the line can't get caught in it.

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Did you learn this from the kid in the slip next to you????
Next you're going to tell me to glue the racket to the masthead as an anti bird devise.

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Did you learn this from the kid in the slip next to you????
Next you're going to tell me to glue the racket to the masthead as an anti bird devise.
You don't already do that?
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