Allen employee’s bring home the silverware

Ben Harden wins Blaze Nationals

Ben Harden, Head of Marketing, and Nic Tolhurst, Warehouse Distribution Assistant at Allen, recently took part in the Blaze National Championships in the waters of Torquay.

The event was held at Paignton Sailing Club and had a record-breaking turnout of 70 boats for the 3-day event.

After the first two days of racing in a mix of light and medium wind conditions, Ben managed a score line of four firsts, a second and a fifth. Which meant with only two more scheduled races it wasn’t possible for him to be beaten and as such took the Nationals win after the second day of racing.

Nic Tolhurst finished 9th overall as well as first Master with an impressive string of top 10 results. Unfortunately, a UFD hindered his overall score and with the last day of racing being cancelled due to lack of wind he wasn’t able to make up for it.

Liz Adams, MD at Allen commenting on the results said ‘congratulations go the race officer and team at Paignton Sailing Club for putting on an excellent event, to Hartley Boats for the Blaze and it’s success in attracting so many keen sailors to the class, and to Ben and Nic for their great results’.

Full results here. 


Through Deck Block Range Expands 

We are pleased to announce that our range of 20mm & 30mm through deck blocks is expanding to include stainless steel sheaves and recycled acetal sheaves. 

Our through deck blocks offer frictionless guidance for rope and wire control lines which are required to pass through a deck. Featuring a hard-wearing acetal body, shaped perfectly to house the sheave, which results in a performance that you can rely on for adjustable rigging and other highly loaded applications. Available with one or two sheaves and in plain and ball bearing systems to suit a wide variety of applications.

SKU Title breaking load kg maximum line diameter mm sheave size mm
A2121 Dynamic Through Deck Single 350 6 20
A2121HL Steel Sheave Through Deck Single 400 6 20
A2121P Acetal Through Deck Single 400 6 20
A2122 Dynamic Through Deck Double 350 6 20
A2122HL Steel Sheave Through Deck Double 350 6 20
A2122P Acetal Through Deck Double 350 6 20
A2131 Dynamic Through Deck Single 500 8 30
A2131HL Steel Sheave Through Deck Single 500 8 30
A2131P Acetal Through Deck Single 500 8 30
A2132 Dynamic Through Deck Double 500 8 30
A2132P Acetal Through Deck Double 500 8 30


New Product Announcement – Flanged Aluminium Deck Bush

New for 2021 flanged deck bush

We are pleased to announce a new range of flanged aluminium deck bushes is now available.

The new range of flanged aluminium deck bushes is a result of feedback from the marine industry and sailors looking for an alternative installation method to our ever-growing range of screw and push in aluminium deck bushes.

Allen flanged aluminium deck bushes feature a wider surface area with two fixing holes, allowing for a simple installation which only requires two screws and no messy bonding agent or silicone.

Four sizes are now available, all of which match the pre-existing range of nylon flanged deck bushes. Making replacement of an old worn-out plastic deck bush with a new aluminium version easy and seamless.

The new range is milled in-house at the Allen factory in Essex from marine grade 6082 aluminium and anodised in a variety of six colours to allow for a personalised touch or to colour code control lines.

View the range by clicking here or the SKU below. 

SKU Title Fixing Hole Centres mm Fixing Hole Depth mm Fixing Hole Diameter mm Inside Diameter mm Outside Diameter mm Weight g RRP ex VAT
A8039-BLK  Flanged Deck Bush 29 9 4 9 19 9  £14.00
A8239-BLK  Flanged Deck Bush 32 9 4 13 21 10  £15.53
A8339-BLK  Flanged Deck Bush 36 9 4 15 24 12  £15.53
A8139-BLK  Flanged Deck Bush 44 9 4 23 33 16  £18.66


What is a deck bush? A 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 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. 


For more information please contact the Allen sales team – – +44(0) 1621 774689 

Product Feature – Keelboat Fairlead

Allen Keelboat Fairleads have been designed for use on boats up to 40ft/12m where a shallow angle deflection is required for any control line or sheet.

Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes to suit a variety of applications.

Manufactured from high marine grade 7075 aluminium for extra strength and corrosion resistance. Hard anodised in black with a pad printed Allen logo.

Installation of the keelboat fairlead range is simple and can be done by following these steps.

1. Check the fixing hole centre dimensions and mark them onto the deck of your boat in the position you want the fairlead to be mounted.

2. Using the correct size drill bit for your fairlead (details of fixing holes sizes in product drawings) drill the required 2 or 3 fixing holes into your deck. Slightly bevel the holes to allow sealant to form a good sealing ring.

3. Using marine grade sealant, apply a generous circle around the bottom of the fairlead and in the fixing holes.

4. Insert the bolts (not included) into the holes from below the deck. It is recommended to use washers to help spread the load.

5. Using the correct tool, tighten the bolts.

Tips – Use tape to hold bolts in place under the deck. Use hex head bolts made from 316 stainless steel. Use large washers to help spread the load.

Product Feature – Roller Fairlead

Sometimes mainsheet jammers, as handy as they are, can offer a bit too much friction. Especially in boats where the mainsheet is played excessively or “pumped”. So, how can you reduce the friction in your mainsheet system, but still keep the mainsheet jammer?  


Big Blue Ocean Clean Up

big blue ocean clean up logo

As much as us sailors love the water, we have to admit we aren’t perfect. With the occasional water bottle or banana skin going adrift after a capsize or when we are in max send mode on our sports boats! 

That why we are continuing our support of Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization which runs coastal clean-ups all over the world and supports thousands of ocean activists with the equipment needed to keep the places we love clean.

To find out more about this awesome company or to find out how you too can help keep our shores and oceans clean, visit –

Product Feature – Pad-Tii

Soft attachment pad-Tii with XHL block

The Pad-Tii range was launched in 2019 following feedback from the marine industry for the need for soft attachment deck fittings. 

Pad-Tii’s are a great choice if you are looking to add an attachment point to a surface. They offer minimal protrusion yet are easy to thread rope around and give a strong, solid fixing point for any fitting. (more…)

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.


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


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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