Reduced weight and optimised hardware for sailors
International deck hardware company Ronstan says its new products mean that dinghy sailors no longer need to consider a trade-off between performance and weight.
Ronstan’s new Series 15 range of high-performance dinghy blocks are the smallest on the market, says Ronstan designer, Albert Mahoney.
“In fact, 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. Our lab and field testing by team sailors proved as much,” he said.
A precision moulded acetal sheave running on stainless steel ball bearings is the key, Mr Mahoney said, because this is what provides the high performance and low friction that dinghy sailors need.
The blocks also feature a clever exit block design with single piece housing and flush finish rivet to minimise cut-outs and make installation easier.
Meanwhile, Ronstan has also released upgrades and new products in its low-maintenance Ropeguide range, which promise to keep lines organised without adding unnecessary weight.
Ropeglide fairleads can be positioned wherever they are needed to deliver lines to a cleat or winch. The range includes single, double and triple hole versions.
Another new innovation which has filtered down from high-performance sailing is the Ronstan SHOCK sheaveless block. Made from anodised aluminium and available in three different colours, the blocks can handle lines up to 8mm in diameter.
Ronstan’s new Ropeglide Rings meanwhile are compact and lightweight and are available for everything from a small sailing dinghy right through to a maxi yacht.
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