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Re: Roller furling lead blocks???
Agree with Seaduction
1 hexaratchet at/near the stern .... will allow controlled 'release' of the furling line, will allow precise furling control especially when the sail is fully windloaded or overpowered.
Also ... will prevent potential 'rope burns' of your hands, will allow 'precise' release, will allow you to 'rest' (by simply applying slight tension to the line) as you pull-in incrementally when its blowing.
Without the hexaratchet you will have no way other than to 'snub', except around a cleat etc. or simply take all the strain with your hands. The foremost benefit of a hexaratchet is its ability to 'snub' as you release line tension.
Just one hexaratchet (w/ becket or as a cheek block), located on at the stern or stern rail will do.
BTW - on many 'hot' and high-end sport-boats most of the winches are replaced with various forms of hexaratchets, good for main-sheeting and jib-sheeting too.