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    Wichard MXEvo 2:1/3:1 Blocks - Often imitated but tough to beat

    Wichard MXEvo on boom

     

    Wichard’s expertise comes from over 100 years of forging safety parts for the manufacturing industry, so when it came to designing boat fittings, strength and safety have always been at the top of their priority list.

     

    This is evident in the Wichard MXEvo 2:1/3:1 Block range, but it is the simple, functional design that makes this piece of hardware stand out from the crowd.

    Antal Barber Block – Impeccable Design

    Best Sailing Boat Blocks in 2021

    Sailboat Mastbase blocks

     

    In this blog we take a quick look at what is new and/or interesting in the sailing block world in 2021.

    MORFRAC and 3D Printing -  A Success Story

    3D Printer - Filament 1000x610

     

    In recent years, 3D printing has revolutionised manufacturing processes. Expiring patents have caused 3D printing costs to plunge and quality to soar, granting opportunities for small-scale manufacturers to experiment – and excel – with 3D printing.

     

    We spoke to Nicolas Goldenberg, founder of Morfrac Systems, to discuss how 3D printing has contributed to the success of their iconic product, the morfblock.

    Exploring the Karver KBO Block Range

    Karver KBO Blocks

    © Karver Sailing

     

    Karver are renowned for manufacturing simple, reliable and high-performance sailing solutions, often utilising user-feedback from sailors in the design process to create products that emphasise innovation and ease of use. Consequently, it’s no surprise that Karver hardware is a favourite on high-tech racing yachts, plus on the decks of ambitious cruisers too.

    Ronstan SHOCK Blocks - Simple Efficient Low Friction Rings

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    ©Kohlhoff-Stuhlemmer Sailing

     

    The name of the Ronstan SHOCK Block is derived from SHeaveless blOCK and reflects the growing trend for replacing ball bearing blocks, with “low friction rings”, in a whole range of sailing system applications. Lightweight, high-load with no moving parts, Shock blocks are perfect for control lines and small purchase systems.

    Morf Block: Evolution in the DNA

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    Image Credit: TP52 Alegre/Nico Martinez

     

    Morf Block – the brainchild of Morfrac Systems – is constantly evolving. Once a DIY block, where the user was free to use the lash thimble of their choice, Morf Block is now available ready-to-run, optimised for either high performance or high load.

     

    In conversation with Nicolas Goldenberg, the founder of Morfrac Systems, this blog post reflects on the evolution of the block over time and considers the future of the product.

    Morf Block merges into Morfrac Systems

    TP52 2019 Bronenosec © Martinez Studio

    Image Credit: TP52 2019 Bronenosec © Martinez Studio

     

    At upffront.com we’re big fans of the Morf Block. The lightweight, 3D-printed block started as a DIY kit and has expanded into two ranges: high performance and high load.

     

    We spoke to the man at the source - Nicolas Goldenberg, from Argentina - who told us about his journey so far, his ongoing projects and the future of Morfrac Systems. 

    Ubi Maior X3M Flight Blocks – the Compact, High Flyer

    Ubi Maior X3M Flight Block-4

     

    For 2020, Ubi Maior have re-developed and re-launched their successful X3M Flight block range. This is a small, high performance, high load block designed with flexibility in mind to make it useful for multiple applications.

    What’s so special about the Ronstan Orbit Range?

    Ronstan orbit block range a lashing block on a rope credit Ronstan

    Image Credits: Ronstan
    Well known around the world, Ronstan is a great choice for blocks and sheaves for a variety of sailors. They have developed a number of ranges from the basic Utility range to the advanced precision Orbit range.

    We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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