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    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.

    Ronstan Cam Cleats: Lighter, Stronger and Kinder to Ropes

    Ronstan cover image

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    Simple, reliable and extremely versatile, Cam Cleats are a staple on boats of all sizes, either as the primary rope holding solution on dinghies, or as part of a purchase system on larger boats and yachts.

    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.

    Improve Your Sailing Performance – 3 Simple, Cost Effective Upgrades

    Sailing boat

    ©Ronstan

     

    At upffront.com we are passionate about performance sailing hardware and rigging. However, that doesn’t mean we are all about racing. It means we believe in modern materials and technology to deliver lighter, stronger products which can benefit all types of sailing boats from club racers to the smallest coastal cruising day-boats.

    The Low-Down on High-load Dinghy Blocks

    Allen brothers boat

     

    At upffront.com we love looking at the data and comparing products to gain insight. In this blog we look at the rapidly evolving world of high-load dinghy blocks and compare x4 leading products on the market from Allen Brothers, Harken, Ronstan and Morf Block.

    Extending your reach with Ronstan

    Ronstan Battlestick

                   Image Credits: Heidi Bucktin / Ronstan

     

    Ronstan is an Australian born company who has developed hardware for both small and big boats since 1953. In this blog we will look at their extensive range of tiller extensions which have become a brand in their own right: the Ronstan Battlestick.

    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.

    How to Change the Cover on a Cousin Constrictor® Textile Rope Clutch in 7 Steps

    cousin constirctor narroy

    (Image Credit: Berschi)

     

    Created as a lightweight alternative to traditional metal clutches, the Cousin Constrictor® is a great bit of kit for reliably holding rope under load with great longevity when properly maintained.

    What is a Top-Down Adapter?

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    Image credits: Facnor 

     

    The top-down adapter, also known as a tack swivel, is an increasingly popular evolution of the top-down furling system. This technique provides cruisers and racers alike, simplicity, safety and speed for the handling of loose luff sails such as asymmetric spinnakers and gennakers.

    Fresh In: Tiller Extensions!


    Spinlock Tiller Extension


    Take a glance at upffront.com, and you’ll see we’ve got a brand-new category: ‘Steering Systems’.

    In the future, this category will be stocked with all things steering – such as wheels, rudder blades and complete steering systems (coming soon!) – but to begin, we’re kicking off with some terrific tiller extensions.

     

    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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