New 55mm block from Barton Marine

Barton Marine's new 55mm ratchet block is suitable for dinghies and yachts up to 30ft
Barton Marine's new 55mm ratchet block is suitable for dinghies and yachts up to 30ft
The Quick Cleat is an alternative for traditional cleats
The Quick Cleat is an alternative for traditional cleats

Barton Marine is expanding its Barton Block Range with the launch of a new 55mm ratchet block suitable for dinghies and smaller yachts.

The ratchet design features a high-density nylon, glass fibre reinforced composite with UV protection.

Internal component parts are all marine grade 316 stainless steel and the aluminium sheave is 12 faced and hard anodised in gunmetal silver

“This composite is used to replace steel in aerospace and automotive components and therefore is lighter without compromising strength and durability,” explained Suzanne Blaustone, Barton Marine CEO.

Rigging options

“It’s interesting to note that Barton Marine introduced a full ratchet block line in the early 1960’s – a first in the leisure marine sector. The Barton 55mm ratchet block is our latest development and the first in a planned range of sizes, expanding our dinghy packages and rigging options for sailing boats.”

The block has a switchable ratchet mechanism and stainless steel lever that can lock the swivel head if desired.

It is designed to be used on mainsheet systems and spinnaker sheets allowing sailors to hand hold loaded lines.

Working load

The manual ratchet motion mechanism has a safe working load of 300kg and a break load of 1,200kg.

Barton Marine is also launching a Quick Cleat, an alternative for traditional cleats that is suitable for kayaks, water toys, paddleboards and fenders.

The cleat is made of nylon reinforced composite with a spring lock cam mechanism and secures braided lines up to 6mm with a working load limit of 13.5 kilos.


“The cleat allows for the length of the line to be easily adjusted with just a simple pull of the line through the cleat without needing to release it. It alters rope tension in one direction but grips the rope firmly and securely in the other,” said Suzanne.

The Quick Cleat can be fixed with the two screws to suitable surfaces including wood, metal or glass fibre.

Testing is currently underway for variations of the Quick Cleat for inflatables and for a larger stainless steel version with greater load rates.

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