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Strops on mainsheet blocks

Postby Chriso on Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:11 am

Hi All,

Are we able to use strops on mainsheet blocks for fastening instead of shackles ect? Is there a limit on the length allowed?


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Postby GuestMember on Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:38 pm

I'm no expert on the rules but the new rule change state there are no restrictions on the fittings used . I used rope loops to attach the blocks to the boom which is a cheap and long lasting option.
Rivetting on block hangers apart from being expensive only serves to weaken the boom.

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Postby A Trace of Blue - 1666 on Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:43 pm

I have a single plate / wide saddle on top of the boom with a rope strop looped through it. The rope ties off on each side of the block.

This allows it to swing around the boom and not twist the boom against the pull of the sail in the process.

Works for me and was deemed legal at measuring.
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