, hanging around racer
friends has introduced me to Antal low friction rings as an option to route
lines instead of a turning block. Friction rings tend to cost around $15-$20/ea as opposed to the $
that good blocks cost.
What I'm particularly interested in doing is splicing Amsteel (I got a ton of Amsteel offcuts from the boat show
at a smoking price) onto the ring into a loop.
I can think of tons of uses for this but our immediate uses would be:
* running the lines for a new boom brake
* barber hauler - and particularly when in light wind
and swell adding a dockline snubber to the attached line to soften the impact of slatting sails
* re-routing our dinghy
davit lines so one person can lift/lower both lines at a time
* leading our spinnaker
tack line back to the cockpit
* routing a sheet for a riding sail
Does anyone here have experience with these rings? Anyone have a link to instructions on how to splice an amsteel loop on to them?