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Asymetric Spinnaker ratchet blocks

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Topic: Asymetric Spinnaker ratchet blocks
Posted By: russell
Subject: Asymetric Spinnaker ratchet blocks
Date Posted: 08 Jan 06 at 8:32pm
Got the 59er out for the first time in any wind, sadly the crew person at the pointy end discovered the spinnaker ratchets don't work at all.  His arms are now 6 inches longer.  Is it best to go for auto ratchets as originally fitted (but pehaps better quality) or go with switchable?  I have always preferred switchable on the main.  Any recommendations on the best ones to use?

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Russell

Phantom 1330
59er 090



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Posted By: Scooby_simon
Date Posted: 08 Jan 06 at 9:42pm

I'm using Harken Carbo Ratchamatic's on my Inter 17 Kite. 

They run Lurvly



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Posted By: Strawberry
Date Posted: 08 Jan 06 at 9:46pm
I like Ronstan auto-ratchet, but I just don't DO the kite. That's underling work

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Cherub 2649 "Dangerous Strawberry


Posted By: russell
Date Posted: 08 Jan 06 at 9:54pm
I looked at the Ronstan's but they don't got to 10mm sheets.  Obscene I grant you, I remember the days when crews had to use 4mm sheets and a decent pair of gloves but have you tried to get a crew theser days???  Harken looks really nice, but are auto ratchets the one to use? 

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Russell

Phantom 1330
59er 090


Posted By: Olly4088
Date Posted: 08 Jan 06 at 10:16pm

It looked quick from where I was standing.

Not to self never crew in a merlin again I don't fit



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Phantom 1298


Posted By: Strawberry
Date Posted: 08 Jan 06 at 10:17pm

Your using 10mm sheets? Are you sure it wouldn't be faster to use 6mm at the very most. I know didley squat about your class, but can't understand justifying using 10mm spinnaker sheets.



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Cherub 2649 "Dangerous Strawberry


Posted By: 49erGBR735HSC
Date Posted: 09 Jan 06 at 12:30am

Go for Harken auto-rachets and 6mm sheets, work really well (5K and 49er!)

 

Remember harkens last forever!

 



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Posted By: russell
Date Posted: 09 Jan 06 at 9:34am
Originally posted by Olly4088

It looked quick from where I was standing.

Not to self never crew in a merlin again I don't fit

It felt pretty quick too - we need a bigger lake!



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Russell

Phantom 1330
59er 090


Posted By: Olly4088
Date Posted: 09 Jan 06 at 9:42am

yeah it didnt take you long to get from one end to the other



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Phantom 1298


Posted By: russell
Date Posted: 09 Jan 06 at 9:55am
I'm really glad the kite comes down easily

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Russell

Phantom 1330
59er 090


Posted By: ssailor
Date Posted: 09 Jan 06 at 11:51am
The best sheets ever are waht we have on our 14, 6mm at the business end of things narrowing down the 3mm kevlar sheets for the attachment to the kite and the bits of sheet that end up in the chute 

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