Also known as low friction rings these handy bits of hardware are used across many different areas of a sailboat. But they’re nothing new. In fact the high load thimble has been around for some time, just in slightly different forms. Originally made from wood and used on old style tall ships for adjusting running rigging and then more recently moulded in plastic to create light-weight, cheap alternatives. And now, CNC machined from high grade aluminium. But why, when and where should you use a high load thimble?
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The XHL block range has been designed to deal with extremely high loads without compromising on low load dynamic performance.
By combining our patented dynamic bearing technology with a plain bearing peek washer we have created a bearing technology that has extreme dynamic performance even after being subject to static loads of up to 1500kg.
Coupling this XHL bearing technology with CNC machined aluminium side cheeks and precision turned stainless-steel sheave has resulted in a range of blocks that are perfect for use in vang cascades, halyard turning points and backstay systems, where static loads can be extremely high but low load dynamic performance is also required.
The XHL range is available in 3 sheave sizes and in six vibrant colours allowing you to customise your boat or control system.