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Inexpensive option for block/ratchet block with cleat option? Does NOT need to be class legal

duganderson

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I'm looking for an inexpensive option for a block or racket with cleat option? Suggestions? If you have a cleat, how helpful do you find the rachet block vs non-ratcheted block.

Does NOT need to be class legal
 

beldar boathead

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I'm looking for an inexpensive option for a block or racket with cleat option? Suggestions? If you have a cleat, how helpful do you find the rachet block vs non-ratcheted block.

Does NOT need to be class legal
As an FYI, I don’t think there are any ratchet blocks or sheet cleats that are not class legal.
 

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my2fish
I had that Nautos block from Intensity Sails mounted on our Minifish.
personally, I'd spring the extra $ to get a Harken 2135.

 

LaLi

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Do you have the manufacturer's name and model number for this block and cam combo? I see "RF15" on the block but that's it.
Those are Ronstan fittings that were discontinued a long time ago. The RF6 comes closest in their current range, but the cleating angle doesn't look that good.

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andyatos

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Those are Ronstan fittings that were discontinued a long time ago. The RF6 comes closest in their current range, but the cleating angle doesn't look that good.
Thanks! Do you think a steep shim and some longer screws might get it closer?

Update: Ah... I just read about the two positions and the included riser kit for a higher angle. :(

Cheers,

- Andy
 
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LaLi

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Do you think a steep shim and some longer screws might get it closer?
No, no! It's supposed to go the other way, lower! The Sunfish is rare among dinghies in having the last mainsheet block on the deck; most other boats I can think of have it farther down, on the cockpit floor, centreboard case top, or somewhere in between. Therefore most available cleat swivels point way too high for a Sunfish, including the RF6 I think.

...but has anyone tried the RF7? It has an adjustable cam arm whose lowest position might work:

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Weston

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Also, I didn’t think there was such a thing as an inexpensive ratchet block, but lo and behold! Nautos 57mm Manual Ratchet Block. If you want cleats, mounting these on the deck https://www.sailrite.com/Harken-365-Ball-Bearing-Carbo-Cam-Cleat?gclid=CjwKCAjwx7GYBhB7EiwA0d8oexoV_QTKzi2Tr-ImRTGVT1kFvZRsU5JeeAt-d8afDMCEleVGrhbKehoCzrgQAvD_BwE gives you a lot more control than a block with integrated cleat.
That's the setup I have on Sevens (my '77). But I also have the cam cleat risers to make it easier to cleat/uncleat
 
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