What’s New in Sailboat Deck Gear

Make sailing easier with new line- and sail-handling hardware.

February 9, 2018

When upgrading your boat’s deck hardware, make sure the replacement has a working load at least as high as the old gear and that the sheave size will fit your intended line.

Antal T-Lock system

Antal T‑Lock

If you’re looking for a simple way to change your deck-gear layout, take a look at the Antal T-Lock system. Jen Brett

The low-profile base can be installed just about anywhere on the deck. Gear such as strops, blocks or low-friction rings can easily be attached and switched out for different conditions or sail configurations. The toggle locks into the base, and cannot be removed under load.

Barber Block

Antal Barber Block

This cool snatch block has an integral low-friction ring, making it easy to place it exactly where you want it. Jen Brett

The cheek plate rotates for immediate line placement, and an adjustable screw can set it in a fully locked position.

Harken blocks

Harken element blocks

The tag line for the new Harken Element series of blocks is “Harken for people who don’t need Harken.” Jen Brett

The company designed the Element from the ground up to keep it within a price point for budget-conscious sailors. The result is a contemporary block that is extraordinarily durable, efficient — and wallet-friendly.

Core Blocks

Ronstan Core Blocks

Ronstan’s line of Core blocks now includes a 4-inch size, which offers a 7,700-pound working load for boats up to 53 feet. Jen Brett

Ronstan Core blocks use a full-contact acetyl bearing on a polished stainless-steel race, which ensures low friction even under heavy loads.

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Ronstan Series 200 Furler

Having downwind sails on a dedicated furler makes long runs in the trades more civilized. Jen Brett

With the Series 200 and 280, Ronstan has extended its range of continuous-­line furlers for use on boats up to 82 feet. These furlers are ideal for handling asymmetric spinnakers, gennakers and code zeros.

Furlex Electric

Seldén Furlex Electric

Furling lines are a thing of the past with the Furlex Electric. Jen Brett

The unit is available as a complete kit or as an upgrade kit for several existing Furlex models, and you can choose either an on-deck or through-deck installation.

Tide Marine

Tides Marine sail track and slide

Have an unruly mainsail? The Tides Marine sail track and slide system is designed to carry the increased loads and demands of today’s full-batten mains. Jen Brett

When installed, the mainsail will rise easily and drop the instant the halyard is released.


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