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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.

    Morfrac Systems Discuss the Future of Deck Hardware

    Image Credit: Botin Partners 85 (2020), via Morfrac Systems

    Image Credit: Botin Partners 85 (2020), via Morfrac Systems

     

    Deck hardware has come full circle. Now, designers favour simple designs that make use of high-performance materials over complex concepts. We spoke to Nicolas Goldenberg of Morfrac Systems, the mind behind the disruptive morfblock, about the evolution of deck hardware and his predictions for the future.

    MORFRAC and 3D Printing -  A Success Story

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    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.

    Sailboat Hardware Soft Attachments – Fad or Paradigm Shift?

    Morf Block soft block attachments

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    There is an increasing trend towards soft attachment of sailing hardware and rigging i.e. using a lashing or soft loop, however they are not a catch-all solution. In this article we look at the benefits and some caveats around the use of soft attachments plus discuss where metal fixings are still the right option.

    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. 

    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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