Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to use a SOAK Dogbone

These shackle alternatives are super simple, lightweight and easy to use. In the video below I will show you our preferred method for using the SOAK Dogbones. There are certainly other ways to use this clever invention but the method shown below is how we intend our custom rigging that utilizes the dogbone (like our J70 tackline) to be installed.

The best uses that we have found are for main halyard attachment, outhaul attachment, and spinnaker sheet and tackline attachment on boats under 27’. The dogbone comes in 3 sizes;  #8 for 1/8” line or smaller, #10 for 1/8”-3/16”line, and #12 for 3/16”-1/4”line.

The sky is the limit with these little gems and if you can think it up, we can probably make it for you. We have seen the dogbones used all over the place from reefing lines to attachment of running back turning blocks, to securing an outboard lead for jib reaching. Give us a call with your idea for using dogbones, and our customer service team and riggers will be happy to make you a solution that fits your needs. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How to Assemble a Laser Dolly

Are you looking for a Laser dolly?  We have two great options to choose from, the Seitech Laser dolly or the Dynamic Laser dolly.  Both are constructed of aluminum extrusions, polypropylene joints and stainless steel hardware. 

The main difference between the two is the way in which the boat sits.  Both offer a sling for when you’re moving the boat around, but on the Seitech it also has upright pieces that allow the gunwale to rest on for storage. Each easily breaks down into transportable pieces and reassembles in under a minute.  

The initial construction can be a bit daunting, so we’re here to help.  Grab your Phillips head screwdriver (the only thing you'll need for assembly) and check it out: 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Comparing 75mm Carbo Blocks

Whether you’re a small boat sailor, or a big boat sailor you know the benefits of having blocks on loaded lines. Harken makes a wide range of blocks to fit all your needs. Three main blocks are the Standard Ball Bearing, the Ratchet, and the Ratchamatic.

Why use a ratchet block?
Ratchet blocks are great for when you need to control highly loaded sheets with ease. There are two types of Harken ratchet blocks, the standard Ratchet, and the Ratchamatic. 

The Standard Ratchet can be turned off with the flick of a switch. This enables you to engage the ratchet when you want to or turn it off when it is not needed.  This allows you to adjust the setting based on your abilities and trimming style.  When the sheet is easy to pull in and/or the breeze is light – then turn off the ratchet.  As the breeze increases, and so do the loads on the sheet, you’re able to turn the ratchet on, easily, at the moment it is needed. 

The Ratchamatic engages depending on the load of the line on the block. If you’re not sure you want the authority of when to change, let it do the thinking for you.   It also is fully adjustable to set the engagement point. So if you are strong and don’t need all the help, you can certainly can adjust the block to engage at higher loads.

Check out the video to see the three blocks up close and how they work.

If you don’t need the big 75mm block, Harken also makes these three in 57mm. If you need help on choosing the right block please call our customer service team, they love talking about Harken Blocks. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Choosing the Right Accessory for your Harken 150 Cam Cleat

The Harken H150 is the gold standard in cam cleats and by far our #1 seller. It is great as a stand-alone and if combined with the available accessories can suit most low to moderately loaded line holding needs on your boat.

The benefits to a cam cleat (two spring loaded ‘cams’ come together to hold the line) are numerous and the ability to adjust the line easily and release the line quickly make this H150 great for things like jib sheets, travelers, mainsheet, backstays on most boats and even tack lines, jib halyards and spinnaker halyards on sub 30’ boats.

Check out the video to see just a few of the ways to use this workhorse on your boat to make your life easier.

Of course if you don’t see the solution to your line cleating problem here, or need some advice if this is the right cleat for you, please contact our knowledgeable call center team and we will get you set up with the best solution.

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