Please select your home edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD

Antal Barber Block - Impeccable Design

by Kerri Robson 7 Oct 2021 09:00 BST
Antal Barber Block in use © Antal

It's no secret that we're big fans of the cool gadgets that Antal manufacture. These are often the subject of our blogs - previously, we've delved into the Antal Roller Cleat, the Antal Soft Loop Hook and the Antal Electric Winch Range, to name a few.

This time, we're taking a look at the Antal Barber Block - a tough, well-designed block created specifically for barber-hauler applications or code zero tweaker systems.

Intuitive Engineering

The Antal Barber Block combines a ball bearing snatch block with a 'low friction ring head'. This smooth radius friction eye at the lower end allows for a simple 2:1 control line, which allows the height of the block to be controlled.

In addition to the 2:1 friction sheave, there is also a small becket for attaching a small line to hang the block, to keep it off the deck.

The sheave is manufactured from sturdy aluminium, with a composite fibre bushing and two side ball bearings, to handle off-axis loads.


Easily Attached - To facilitate easy attachment to a loaded sheet, the side plates of the Antal Barber Block are designed to swivel, revolving around the sheave axel which allows the block to open, so that it can easily be added to or removed from the sheet without re-threading the end.

Safety Lock - To prevent the block from accidentally opening, a safety ball has been fitted and an adjustable screw can set the ball in a fully locked position.

No Deck Damage - The block also features rubber covers to protect the hull/deck if the block is being bashed around on a lazy sheet.

Long Lasting - Impeccable manufacturing and quality materials ensure this block will be long-lasting and durable onboard.


Featuring a built-in 2:1 friction sheave and swivelling side plates for easy attachment to the sheet, the Antal Barber Block is a well-engineered all-in solution for a sleek and capable barber hauler system.

If you have any questions about the Antal Barber Block, then please do not hesitate to contact us at . Otherwise, get more detailed information on the Antal Barber Block range.

Related Articles

NEXe Furler
Effortless furling powered by Profurl The NEXe from Profurl is an easy to retrofit electrically driven Code 0 or top-down gennaker furler. With the NEXe, you can furl/unfurl your sails, from anywhere on the boat, quickly with easily, and you will never have to manually furl your sails again! Posted on 12 May
What's The Right Sheet For My Boat?
Picking out the perfect option, made simple by Picking out the perfect sheet can be difficult, but we're here to help! Check out the information below for some tips on what you should consider when buying. Posted on 6 May
Sika adhesives and sealants
Strong and sustainable products now sold by Sika is a speciality chemicals manufacturer with a clear focus on reducing environmental impact. Their strategy "more value, less impact" aligns their commitment to producing high quality products with the goal of minimising waste and pollution. Posted on 28 Apr
Get a grip!
What's the right halyard rope for a yacht? Choosing the correct line for your halyard doesn't just improve performance, it's essential for keeping your sails safe. Making sure you use the very best for your halyards is a worthwhile investment. Posted on 14 Apr
The Best Code Zero Furlers for 25-30ft yachts
A detailed technical comparison by If you have a 25-30ft sailboat and you are looking to boost your sailing performance with a code zero or asymmetric spinnaker then you will need a furler in the 900-1000kg working load range. Posted on 7 Apr
Fourth Cape Weedwand
Don't go overboard clearing your rudders Rudders are prone to catching seaweed, particularly when there are two of them! Dragging weed will slow down any boat but is especially problematic when racing. Therefore it's important to check regularly and have a reliable method for removing weed. Posted on 2 Apr
Armare Zero Twist Torsional Ropes
Reviewed by Armare Ropes is a 200-year-old, family owned, rope making business in Northern Italy. Upffront are pleased to launch a new range of finished torsional ropes, for code zero and asymmetric furlers, from this progressive company. Posted on 24 Mar
Back to the Future
It's the big return of Ropeye products! After almost two years of absence, this well-known brand is back in force on our waters, whether on new foiling dinghies, IMOCA's, maxi's, or to modernize and lighten older cruising boats. Posted on 18 Mar
Just the two of us sponsors UK Double Handed Offshore Series for 2022 UKDHOS is coming back for its second year and is proud to be a sponsor! The 2022 season promises to be bigger and better than 2021, and we can't wait to see these competitive boats and sailors back out on the water. Posted on 11 Mar
Ronstan snap shackles
A more affordable alternative to a sailing staple? Hailing from Australia, Ronstan have been developing hardware for sailors since 1953. The Triggersnap™ shackles are the latest shackle range in their extensive catalogue of deck hardware solutions and Ronstan's own take on snap shackles. Posted on 2 Mar