Catigale wrote:Paul - can you show/describe the detail on how you tack those blocks onto the mast step...it looks like you just drilled extra holes into the step and then used a shackle for them...nice and simple...
I marked out my deck for through-deck mounts of surface cheek blocks, but am thinking now I will just put two Harken 225s at the base of the mast like you, a double block on the front starboard stanchion, and a double clutch at the starboard winch.
Ill bring the topping lift aft two, portside, but wont use a clutch for that one.
Yes..I drilled the hole in the step. Then drilled another one in front of it because the first one, the line was right inline with the antenna deck connector. The block I got had the shackle as part of the block. If you go this route..make sure you either plug the daggerboard hole or do it on land, in case you drop the shackle down the db hole (done it a few times). Doing that on the water would be a buzzkill.
Here is the double cheek blocks on starboard (none on port) one for dagger, the other for the mainsail halyard:
Here is one of the block...you can see the shackle on the reflection in the mast step on the deck (click to enlarge to see it better):
So far it works well. I mounted the line lock by the winch..but I haven't used the winch with it..It was just a good mounting location.