Gear: Ronstan 30mm Blocks

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Today’s high-performance dinghies and other small boats—full-foiling designs, in particular—subject their control systems to higher loads than ever due to their high speeds and ever-higher apparent winds. To help tame these forces, Ronstan has come out with a line of 30mm “HHL Lashing Blocks,” expressly configured for use aboard smaller multihulls and cutting-edge skiffs. Typical applications include high-load vang systems on Moths and Lasers, and various different cunningham, outhaul and backstay purchase arrangements. Each block incorporates a stainless steel sheave, ball race and bearings, can accommodate a maximum line size of 8mm and is rated to a 1,210lb maximum working load and 3,630lb breaking strength. Not bad for a piece of equipment tipping the scales at less than 2oz.! A smaller 20mm block line is also being released this year.

From $99. Ronstan, ronstan.com

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