Which Mainsheet Block?? Orbit? Carbo?

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by viktor188924, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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    you can either use the Ronstan supplied eye (you have to work it a bit to match up the hole spacing) or you need to remove the edges on the OEM Laser eye strap until have nice rounded radius on top and bottom almost right down to the screwholes. I also wrapped mine with some reinforced packing tape.
     
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    Ronstan was/is aware of the design issues with the ratchet mechanism. They have already changed a spring inside which should address the type of failure I saw, and they will be changing the switch design later this year so it's less prone to accidentally changing modes.
     
  3. sk8ingsailor

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    How do you guys keep the switch from changing when youre in ratchet mode?
     
  4. 49208

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    I've never used anything other then auto-mode. Why would you want to ?
     
  5. sk8ingsailor

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    Not a big fan of auto mode. When I round the leeward mark, the block will let out, and ratchet in. I want it to not let out, and ratchet in. That little stopper is pretty cool though...
     
  6. 49208

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    I have not had the Ronstan block freewheel when sheeting in at leeward marks. If you are pulling fast enough, that's more then enough load to keep the ratchet engaged.
     
  7. sk8ingsailor

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    Say for some odd reason, if I wanted the block in Manual mode, How would I get the switch to stay in ratchet mode?
     
  8. captainJack987

    captainJack987 New Member

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    Thats what you have cleats for I always keep my block in freewheel mode
     
  9. sk8ingsailor

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    Great, thanks mate
     
  10. captainJack987

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    Its the most logical thing to do you don't have to go all crazy. Keep it in free wheel and use the cleats ratchet is pointless!:):):):):):)
     
  11. fracisco

    fracisco New Member

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    Exactly. Why even buy a ratchet block? Think of all the money you can save by just installing a plain ball bearing block! It's like 1975 all over again!

    Anybody have an answer for the original question to help out sk8ing?
     
  12. 49208

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    You set the block to manual mode and set the ratchet switch to on.
     
  13. sk8ingsailor

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    Have you ever tried it like that? I had the block change from ratchet to non ratchet atleast 5 times.
     
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    If you re-read my posts above, you'll find the answers
     
  15. sk8ingsailor

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    Wow, thanks. I guess.... You think they will give us new blocks when they come out with the new one?
     
  16. bjmoose

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    Dang! Mine failed last night and now is permanently in "manual ratchet mode" all the time.

    In reply to sk8ing sailor above; I expect to send the broken one in under warranty and get a replacement, though I'll probably buy a new one in order to have a block while waiting for the replacement.
     
  17. Clive Humphris

    Clive Humphris ILCA Technical

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    On the rope strop wear issue with the Orbit block you do need to heed the Ronstan instructions about avoiding sharp edges - which is difficult to do with the sheet metal deadeye. To overcome this, PSA issue the attached sheet with every boat supplied with this block. It shows the use of a small bow shackle between the strop and the deadeye.
     

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