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Old 18-02-2013, 12:30   #1
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Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

What are the pros and cons to using blocks with a becket for the spinnaker sheets at the stern?

The inventory I've got has blocks of the correct size, but they have beckets, which would be unused. Is it a snagging problem? Would the beckets be used with velcro to lift the blocks off the gel coat?

I'm looking for justification to not spend money buying a new pair of blocks - without a becket.
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Re: Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

I use ones with beckets on purpose. Add a short piece of bungee cord to the becket, and it will keep the block off the deck, and keep it upright making it less likely for the line to twist around the block.
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Re: Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

Ditto...
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Old 18-02-2013, 16:52   #4
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Re: Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

Ditto. Very common configuration.

The only hassle with using bungee is that I have yet to find bungee which lasts more than a couple of seasons.
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Re: Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

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I use ones with beckets on purpose. Add a short piece of bungee cord to the becket, and it will keep the block off the deck, and keep it upright making it less likely for the line to twist around the block.
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Ditto. Very common configuration.

The only hassle with using bungee is that I have yet to find bungee which lasts more than a couple of seasons.
I buy hog rings for about $1 a piece, and 1' of bungee is about the same. I figure $2 a year isn't worth stressing over.
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Re: Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

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Ditto. Very common configuration.

The only hassle with using bungee is that I have yet to find bungee which lasts more than a couple of seasons.
You get two seasons out of a bungee? Wow. I end up having to change mine every June.
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Re: Any Pro & Con for Spin Sheet Blocks w/ Becket

Thanks to all of you for the advice!
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You get two seasons out of a bungee? Wow. I end up having to change mine every June.
Yeah, I bought some fancy stuff a few years ago that had a better quality outer sheath....unfortunately, the internal bungee material still died.

I have blocks on the bows (cat) for spinnaker guys which are spring loaded stand-up blocks (stainless springs have really good UV resistance). I would prefer my stern mounted sheet blocks were set-up the same, but not worth changing out really.
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