Harken offer a range of sailing hardware for your boat, everything from shackles, pulleys/blocks, cleats, traveller systems and much more.
Shop for your Harken kit at Sailing Chandlery.
In this article we are going to take a look at the various Harken Blocks available and their possible uses across many sailing dinghies.
16mm is the smallest of the blocks available from Harken. They are popular for small control lines across a range of boats. The blocks have a ball bearing system which uses stainless steel balls held in by the metal block casing. The 16mm blocks have a maximum working load of 113kgs.
The 18mm blocks are reasonably new and are all attached using dyneema rope rather than shackles or other fittings. This allows them to be tied, spliced or lashed anywhere on your boat.
These 18mm soft attach blocks are lightweight, the single 18mm is only 7.2 grams.
22mm blocks give you an option that is compact but also still lightweight. Ideal for windsurfers, smaller dinghies and control lines which have lower loads.
The 22mm block range have metal casing similar to the 16mm blocks.
25mm blocks are all high strength wire blocks, designed for the ultimate performance and loads. The single 25mm block has a safe working load of 454kgs but weighs only 28 grams.
All of Harkens 29mm blocks are carbo air blocks, they are designed to be lightweight, strong, reliable and most importantly affordable.
Carbo Air blocks are made from tough reinforced composite material. The material is also UV stabilised to protect it from the sun and elements.
38mm are the same as the 25mm block range, high strength and designed for wire, although Dyneema can be used too.
40mm blocks are available as Carbo Air blocks and as soft attach blocks. This is the first size where ratchets are introduced into the blocks, ideal for sheeting systems on smaller dinghies.
57mm blocks are also available as Carbo Air blocks and as soft attach blocks. The 57mm range are more popular for sheets and purchase systems.
For Harkens 50th year (2017) the 57mm block has been launched with a red sheave in three models, the manual ratchet, automatic ratchet and soft attach block. These look stunning and have been very popular throughout 2017.
The 75mm tends to be less popular for our customers because we are dinghy focused. However a 75mm block can offer less load if used correctly and we’ve sold these to high performance catamaran sailors in the past, especially those sailing mixed.
If you’ve got any questions about any of the Harken Blocks in stock at Sailing Chandlery then please feel free to give us a call.
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