Friday, May 22, 2009

First Look: New Laser Traveler & Boom Blocks from Harken

If you're a Laser sailor you've probably heard rumors about new traveler blocks for a while now. The class authorized new blocks manufactured by Harken a little while ago but we're only just now getting confirmation that they're in the manufacturing process.

These new blocks will be available as a set containing the traveler blocks and both boom blocks as well as rivets to attach the boom blocks with. The set will sell for $97 (that's what we've been told by Laser Performance).

The boom blocks are pretty straight forward but they should hold up a lot better than the original Laser boom blocks and they look pretty sharp. The traveler blocks are a definite improvement. They are a one piece block so you no longer have to deal with the S-hook and trying to fit the shrink wrap over them and they'll never come apart on you.

Check out this Scuttlebutt piece for more information about the history of this development.

We've been told by Laser Performance that they "anticipate having these available from their warehouse 6/24." If they hold to that schedule we should be able to start shipping them out to APS customers around July 1st. I certainly wouldn't go so far as to promise that date will hold but we're taking pre-orders now and will ship the blocks out the same day we get them in.

Look for more details on these blocks in the next few weeks here at the Stern Scoop - I'm hoping to be able to do some testing with the blocks on my boat once we get a sample that I'm told will be arriving next week.

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