Ronstan’s latest product is designed to give sailors easy and accurate control of their mainsheet

Ronstan's new swivel cleat base is engineered for dinghies up to 4.5m Ronstan's new swivel cleat base is engineered for dinghies up to 4.5m
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Ronstan's RF7 swivel cleat base has been used by dinghy sailors for many years.

Now the company has released the RF6, engineered for dinghies up to 4.5m (15ft) in length.

The latest product is designed to give sailors easy and accurate control of their mainsheet from any position on the boat with a base that allows cleating and releasing from any angle.

Stainless steel ball bearings support the cleat arm which features an integral stop to prevent over-rotation that can be removed if 360° rotation is desired.

There is also a switchable rachet in the base that allows the arm to remain at its most recently used position.

The integrated base and cleat arm are glass fibre reinforced for strength, while the fixings and block attachment loop are 316 stainless steel.

The base suits traditional shackle head blocks and Dyneema link head orbit blocks. It is suitable for line sizes 2-8mm.

 

Smallest dinghy blocks

The company will also show its latest dinghy blocks - the smallest it has ever made.

Dinghy sailors no longer need to consider a trade-off between performance and weight, explained Ronstan designer Albert Mahoney.

“If you try to make a smaller block than this one you just won't have enough material to absorb the heat energy these blocks encounter in competitive use. We know – our lab and field testing by team sailors proved it,” he added.

A precision moulded acetal sheave running on stainless steel ball bearings is used to provide high performance and low friction.

The blocks also feature an exit block design with a single piece housing and flush finish rivet to minimise cut-outs and make installation easier.

The blocks have a variety of attachment options from through-hull to saddles and soft lashings.

Ronstan will exhibit on stand 12.713 at this year's METSTRADE.

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