Thursday, April 19, 2012

LASERS MARK THE BLOCKS

I use a Harken ratchamatic block on my Laser, but often hold the sheet directly from the boom when going downwind.  To help pick up the correct side of the ratchet block  when I go back to it, I mark the "pull" side of the block with white.  I have used paint, but it rubs off too quickly.  White 5200 works best for me.  Any other suggestions??
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6 comments:

  1. I'm assuming your block is made of glass filled nylon. "Krylon Fusion" spray paint bonds directly to plastics, so should be very durable in this application. Dries in 5 minutes, but takes seven days for full chip resistance.

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  2. I still have two ratchet blocks from the 70's. I think Elstrom. Actually I trashed one which locked up. I figured the other one was dangerous and stopped using it on my Laser, though it's aboard my current keelie. I always thought back then if you are hard on the wind and block to block on the traveler, and you locked up, you would be in deep dew-hicky. Unless you could unleash the traveler, maybe. But who's going to think of that? I didn't until now.

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  3. Harken ought to do something. I need a little more now , so I will look for some "Krylon".

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  4. It was available at hardware store. $6 for spray can and easy to put on. Will see how it wears.

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