The ratchet block is arguably one of the most important pieces of hardware used on a sailboat, so choosing the correct size and type can make a big difference to how you sail your boat and what feedback the sails give you. In this article you will find out all about how the ratchet block works, the difference between a switchable and AutoRatchet as well as the different sheave options.
The RS200 is a two person dinghy, designed in 1995 by Phil Morrison and built by RS Sailing. The boat has stood the test of time and proved it’s self year after year as one of the best two person sailing boats in the UK. The class regularly sells out its National Championships with 100 plus entry’s coming from a wide audience of young and old sailors.
The boat is now on its second version, with the hull remaining the same as it was in 1995 and the deck and cockpit now having a fresher more modern layout.
Allen was the original hardware supplier of choice for the RS200 and is still available on new builds, although the fittings list’s do vary slightly between the two versions.
This RS200 fittings list is based on the original deck layout, but is an up to date modern racing fitout which has been approved by our Team Allen sailors.
Tired of scruffy looking knots and frayed rope ends? Well, we are pleased to announce our new race ready Tera packs.
Utilising British made Marlow rope and our range of performance blocks to deliver an easy to install and use race kit. The race packs have been developed using our Team Allen sailors experience in the boat and finessed by our engineering know how.
Vang Race Pack
Fully spliced to the perfect lengths to allow maximum travel for the blocks with a 6:1 purchase. Our race vang also includes a high load thimble set into the system to allow for a better lead for the outhaul control line.
Primary Line – 3mm Marlow dyneema.
Secondary line – 4mm Marlow excel control.
2 x A2020Ti3 – 20mm dynamic ti3-on blocks spliced into the system to allow for maximum travel.
1 x A2044-677HK – 40mm dynamic block with becket, hook and adjustable cleat.
1 x Soft shackle with dog bone and high load thimble.
2 x Handles to make pulling the control line easier.
Sail slides and slugs may not be the most exciting piece of equipment found on a sailboat. However, they are a very useful bit of kit and can make your life on board a vessel much easier. Sail slugs and slides are most commonly found on the luff or foot of a sail, yet they are also a popular choice for catamaran trampoline attachment points.
Why use a sail slide or slug?
So, you may be wondering why you would even bother with a sail slide or slug, especially when your mainsail has a perfectly good bolt rope. Well, there are a few reasons. Firstly, the slides and slugs offer a reduction of friction over a sail boltrope, this is because there is less material being inserted inside the mast track. This reduction in friction can make hoisting and lowering a sail much easier. Secondly, with a track stop installed the sail slides cannot exit the mast meaning it is possible to lower a sail single-handed and not have the sail fly away in the wind, it will also fold itself over the boom as it’s lowered.
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.
Choosing the correct Cam Cleat.
Cam Cleats are available in different materials, sizes and have a wide range of accessories to suit many different applications, so it can be daunting to know which type or accessory is needed to suit specific cleating needs. Here you will find all the information required to make the right choice – all from the designers of the original aluminium cam cleat!
First, a bit of history behind the Allen Cam Cleat – The Allen Brothers, Tony and Glenn, were the inventors of the original aluminium cam cleat. They developed the idea whilst building a Hornet “JACK-O-LEAN” number 205. The brothers had started off using Tufnell cam cleats but decided they were not good enough. The Tufnell cam cleat gripped well when they were new but would make releasing the rope difficult. Once they had worn-in, just a few sailing sessions later, they would slip and be useless.
After many months of researching, designing and prototyping Tony Allen had built a machine in which he could pressure die-cast what is now known as the A..76 – Aluminium Ball Bearing Cam Cleat – although the first design did not include ball bearings. Tony and Glenn then went onto sell their version of the cam cleat for 5 shillings each.
Today Allen has two main styles of cam cleats available; Aluminium Ball Bearing or Allenite Plain Bearing. Allen cam cleats are suitable for any rope up to 10 mm diameter and have a maximum working load of 150kg. This makes them suitable for both small dinghies and yachts.
The marketing team at Allen has been working closely with Henk Plaatje for many years to develop the racing rules of sailing poster. Once each edition is ready, Allen kindly makes it available to the public to hang in sailing clubs around the World. This year is no different, the poster can easily be downloaded via the Allen website or a hardcopy can be ordered directly to your sailing club. (more…)
What’s the preferred spinnaker ratchet block on a 49er?
Find out in this interview with Team Allen sailors Rhos Hawes who talks us through what he’s been up to in 2020, the last couple of days at the Moth Nationals and his preferred 49er spinnaker ratchet block.
29er Fitout Guide
Designed by Julian Bethwaite and first produced in 1998 the 29er is a high performance 2 person skiff that takes its pedigree from the Olympic 49er skiff. With high levels of competition around the World, the 29er is a boat that complements sailors who spend time on their boat work, preparation and skill.
Many Team Allen sailors have gone through the 29er class on their journey to become Olympic medalists and as such we are able to offer their extensive knowledge on how they fit their boats to make them go quickly.
Below you will find a list of the Team Allen approved fittings for a 29er. All parts listed below are available from Ovington Boats in the UK. Many of the standard stock items are also available from your local Allen stockist or to order online directly from us.