Wood block or backing plate necessary for mainsheet block eyestrap

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by imported_Will, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. imported_Will

    imported_Will New Member

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    I just installed a Harken 009 ratchet block on the deck lip over the cockpit. When I purchased the block the salesperson looked at the eyestrap of a brand new Sunfish and noticed it did not have any backing plate or block. So he said I probably wouldn't need one unless I planned to do some extremely hard sailing.
    However, just to be on the safe side, I installed two very large washers before putting on the lock nuts. Does anyone think a block is absolutely necessary for the eyestrap?
     
  2. Fred P

    Fred P Member

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    You should have some backing on the strap.The washers should be enough. I did the same after I saw that Windline was selling the washers with the installation kit. I've had no problem with hard sailing.

    Fred
     
  3. imported_Will

    imported_Will New Member

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    Thanks Fred

    The large washers looked like they'd be enough but I just wasn't sure.

    Wiill
     
  4. weather-beaten Sunfisher

    weather-beaten Sunfisher vintage Sunfish RULE!

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    I used SS washers on mine, and it's worked just fine for years.
     

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