Snatch Blocks

allen snatch block open

A snatch block is a variation of pulley that has been designed to allow quick attaching and releasing of lines.

They work by having an opening mechanism for the side cheek, there are several different styles available on the market, but our range comes with a simple hinge mechanism that allows the side cheek to open a bit like the famous gull-wing car door or an oyster shell.

Our snatch block range is available with either a 30 or 40mm sheave, both of which feature the Allen dynamic bearing technology. Two rows of stainless-steel ball bearings running on a stainless-steel axle.

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Product Feature – Through Deck Bush

through deck bush with rope

A through deck bush, also known as a fairlead, is designed to protect a surface from a rubbing rope or wire, they can also be used to act as a deflecting point.

In most applications, a through deck bush is used to guide a rope through a surface, such as the thwart or strut of a boat. It also offers protection to the material the rope or wire is passing through. 

Through deck bushes are a suitable product for a wide range of applications, so due to the variety, we offer them in many different materials and shapes. 

Merlin Rocket Through Deck bush

Through deck bushes on a Merlin Rocket

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Allen Endurance Series 2021

Allen Endurance Series - East Coast Piers Race Start

The Allen Endurance Series (AES) will be returning for its 4th season, this time with the inclusion of an additional event, bigger prize fund and new website.

Launched in 2018 the series combines the UK’s premier long-distance events to give high-performance Catamaran and Skiff sailors a season-long series to compete for. Currently included are the Whitstable Forts, Solent Forts, East Coast Piers and Round Sheppey races. And for 2021 Allen has announced the inclusion of the Anglesey Offshore Dinghy Race. The series will now include two discards.

This year competitors will be able to track their overall AES position on the new Allen Endurance Series website. The new website allows competitors to easily find information for each of the events all in one place, including event documentation and registration links. 

Allen will be providing an enticing £1000 worth of vouchers and merchandise throughout the five AES events, as well as, the overall series prizes of £500, £250 & £100 vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Visit www.allenenduranceseries.com for more details.

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Product Feature – Blue Carbon Tiller Extensions

Working alongside our Team Allen sailors we developed a range of carbon tiller extension. We wanted them stiff enough to give you the right amount of feedback, yet forgiving enough to take a good beating. Although performance was at the top of the checklist, style and looks weren’t too far behind. 

The Blue Carbon range has a dark blue wrap included in the carbon tube, it gives a really nice blue shine in the sun. It’s something that hasn’t been done before in tiller extensions and we feel it really makes the whole thing pop! It will give the end-user the best quality performance as well as making the boat look great.

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YS Cast Aluminium Range Discontinued

We have taken the difficult decision to close our foundry, resulting in the discontinuation of our YS range of fittings.

Whilst the YS range has been tremendously successful for many decades, sales have fallen recently as boat builders switched to a more modern alternative. We have also recently received the disappointing news that the company that completed the polishing and anodising of the fittings has fallen victim to Covid-19 and despite an extensive search, we have been unable to source a new supplier who can meet our quality criteria. The investment required in the foundry, anodising and polishing could not be justified for a shrinking demand. Sadly, we have therefore had to make the decision to discontinue this range.

We still have some stock of the YS range; you can find out what we have by clicking here.

However, some of the YS items will now begin a new life with new manufacturing methods and modern looks. The new AY range will be manufactured using our state-of-the-art VMC machines which will produce more accurate and reliable products. We also have the in-house design and machining capability of producing bespoke designs to a customer’s specification.

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Allen continues Finn World Masters sponsorship

The 2021 Finn World Masters is scheduled to take place in Medemblik over the 21-28th May with support from Allen, the UK based sailing hardware manufacturer.

Allen has had a long-lasting relationship with the class. In the past, the company has worked closely with some of the leading class manufacturers to design and produce many of the custom hull fittings, booms, tillers and other specific components you will find on the Finn dinghy.

Liz Adams, Managing Director of Allen, commented “The Finn really complements our range of hardware and to see Allen products on boats that will come from across the globe to take part is excellent. It’s great to be able to support such a healthy class and one that is full of the sport’s most well-known sailors.”

The British company has made a Finn fittings guide available on its website, all of the products in the list are manufactured at the Allen Factory in Essex. The company ensures all products are vigorously tested by its elite team of sponsored sailors and develops race leading equipment from their feedback.

Allen renewed as official hardware supplier to the Swedish Sailing Team.

The Swedish Sailing Team has confirmed Allen as their official hardware supplier for another year.

The partnership between Allen and the Swedish Sailing Team was officially announced at the 2020 RYA Dinghy Show, and this extension of the supplier status will further enhance the relationship between the elite athletes and the performance hardware manufacturing company.

Allen manufacture many of the specialised parts for the one-design classes that will be used in the sailing events at Tokyo. The Swedish Sailing Team boasts an impressive 35 sailing medals with 4 teams selected to represent their country in the Finn, 470 men, ILCA Standard and ILCA Radial classes in Tokyo. So, it comes as no surprise that the Swedish team chose Allen as its hardware of choice before the games.

Managing Director of Allen, Liz Adams, commented proudly “We are delighted that the Swedish Sailing Team has extended its partnership with us as their official hardware supplier. By working closely with the elite athletes in the team we are able to further develop our products and ensure that their sailors get the best possible performance hardware to help them win a gold medal!”

Thomas Hansson-Mild of the Swedish Sailing Team stated “It is great to work with Allen and benefit from the 60 years of competitive sailing heritage that they bring to the table. We too have a proud heritage. We won our most recent Olympic medals in London 2012 when Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen won the gold in the Star and Rasmus Myrgren a bronze in the Laser. We aim for more medals in Tokyo and the cooperation with Allen will greatly improve our chances.”

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Our Biggest Block Yet

Around the world, we are known as a company that produces small boat hardware, but this isn’t strictly true. 

Let us introduce to you to “The Big Boy” just one example of what we can do for bigger boats.

This new 150mm block has been designed to fit on the end of an 8-meter hydraulic ram and will be under loads of around 27 tonnes. The Big Boy weighs 5kg and has a plain bearing sheave with ball bearings to cater for side loads. 

Here at Allen, we are much more than just marine hardware specialists. We are engineering experts who work with a wide variety of companies in different sectors, such as; medical equipment, automotive parts, window manufacturing, public and defence sector, theatre, advertising, aviation and much more.

We can work with such a wide variety of clients due to our multiplicity of in-house resources. Which includes our close-knit team of engineers and designers who can work to deliver premium solutions for custom or mass-production jobs. Allen is also an ISO9001 accredited business, which means we are capable of mass manufacturing high-quality products as well as ensuring a high level of craftsmanship is carried out for custom items. 

“The marine sector, from small leisure boatbuilders to large commercial marine engineers all now face the same issue when outsourcing. We are all in the same boat,” explains Liz Adams, Managing Director of Allen. “Sourcing from anywhere outside the UK now carries a higher level of risk to business continuity than it has in the past. Sourcing from multiple suppliers carries the risk they are buying in materials from abroad. The only way to de-risk is to use UK suppliers who, in turn, source from UK suppliers. If you want to see how it should be done, we have produced a video showing how one of our blocks, the A2060Tii, has been designed and manufactured entirely using services we have in-house.

As a British family-owned business, we ensure 100% of our products are designed, manufactured and assembled in-house at our factory in Essex. All our materials, where possible, are sourced from within the UK. We also guarantee a competitive and fair price for any job we undertake.

If you have any custom requirements, big or small, marine or non-marine, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how Allen can solve your problems.

Jon Sturmer Joins Allen

UK performance hardware manufacturer, Allen Brothers (fittings) Ltd, has appointed Jon Sturmer as Business Development Manager.

Jon Sturmer has had an extensive career in the marine industry and has previously worked for Dolphin Sails as the Sales Manager. Taking on the new role at Allen from the start of 2021, Jon will be based at the Allen headquarters in Essex and will be driving the business development and sales in the international marketplace.

“I’m excited to be joining a company that supplies great British designed and manufactured parts to everyone from weekend boaters through to Olympic sailors. Having used Allen products on my own boats and professionally at past jobs, I already knew Allen made great products. It is also important to me that Allen is looking to increase its environmental responsibilities by utilising recycled products as used on the 20 & 30mm plain bearing block ranges. And I am really looking forward to working with Liz and such a knowledgeable team who are passionate about sailing and boats.” commented Jon Sturmer.

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Joey Taylor 2020 Sailing Highlights

In late 2019 I moved from helming 420s to crewing and teamed up with Kuba Staite as my helm.  After only a couple of weekends training together we went to our first 420 event, the Christmas Race in Palamos. The event was 4 days long with 3 days of training beforehand. Palamos is an awesome venue and it was a great experience having 4 solid days training and then being able to test ourselves against other crews from other countries.  Having 8 solid days sailing and racing was a great start to our sailing partnership

After Christmas, we were straight back into training and preparing for the Spring championships in March. After lots of training and getting used to each other in the boat we arrived at Rutland with high hopes. We had two good days in light to medium conditions and managed to finish in 8th out of 30 boats. Unfortunately, this was the last time we were able to sail together until the summer as we were put into lockdown the week after.

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