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    Default What is this block called?

    Hello!

    Does anyone know, what is this thing called or where i could find one? Purpose of this is to tension the sail down. In my boat this piece is missing, so i would need to find a new one. It should be narrow enough to fit between the fitting point and mast. I don't have that metal stick/holder either, just a hole for the rod on the mastholder. So it would be better to get them in one package so i could bring those and mastfoot to some shop so they could solder it on or make a screw -type solution. Any advice?

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    Last edited by Peerie Maa; 04-15-2019 at 01:50 PM.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    Its a Seasure block and should be easily found in just about any chandlery.

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    ...and that strap just looks like a stamped eyestrap that's been re-bent. I'd be inclined to do something with some webbing instead of that strap that puts the load assymetrically onto the block...that makes me nervous even for "just a downhaul". You can get some pretty hefty loads upwind.

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    ...and that strap just looks like a stamped eyestrap that's been re-bent. I'd be inclined to do something with some webbing instead of that strap that puts the load assymetrically onto the block...that makes me nervous even for "just a downhaul". You can get some pretty hefty loads upwind.
    Webbing would not work, because mast is furling and that rope on the photos should wrap around that metalstrap. So that is the problematic part and any kind of block won't fit. Block needs to be fixed in place above mastfoot to allow space to furling rope and also both would need to be close to the mast so the furling mechanism would work properly. The boat is not that big (19feet), so tension on downhaul won't be that big.

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    Gotcha! So the the yellow webbing is the furling line? I'm a bit confused. Love to see the rest of the boat!

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    Why not use a small cleat right on the mast?
    You can pass the bight back up through the tack and back down to the cleat if you need more purchase. And the whole thing will just roll up while made off.

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    Default Re: What is this block called?

    ^ This.

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