That would solve only one of the many problems with the R195L, and might very well create new ones.Just remove the eye!
A block with an ”integrated” cleat is perfectly legal, but you probably won’t get the angle ever right for all conditions and points of sail. The R195L is different because the vertical cleat angle stays the same (in relation to the hull). But as you can read from above posts, it has other problems (including being illegal the way I read the rules).I have a ratchet block with a cleat (I know it is not class legal but I do not race) and was never able to get the angle right
I'll send you a picture ASAP. Could you also send a picture of your ratchet block, possibly with the cleat if you can?Can you send a picture of what the proper angle is? I have a ratchet block with a cleat (I know it is not class legal but I do not race) and was never able to get the angle right so I took the cleat off.
Excellent piece of trivia!This was never a widely popular choice even in the 1970s, but for decades, it was the only legal alternative to the side deck cleats (or no cleats). I think some successful Master used it as late as the 2000s (Mark Bethwaite, I believe - Aussies, is this correct?), and the charter boat providers at regattas weren't exactly happy when he drilled holes in their hulls!