A range of complete ready to fit kicker systems, all of which are custom made to your requirements. In addition to the normal Harken 466 top block we have also have systems using new free-running high load top blocks that make it easier to pull the kicker/vang on. Our systems use a range of secondary control lines – if you want more information on our secondary lines and how to select which is best for you read our article on selecting secondary lines. System options (at the bottom of the page) are available to order the removal of one purchase, and to change the centre block type.
Systems using the standard Harken 466 top block. Select the SK78 assembly for a wide choice of primary and secondary line colours. The SK99/Technora system has a slighly thicker SK99 grey primary line and harder wearing Technora secondary lines.
Harken: Our Harken based solution uses a 29mm Fly block with Dyneema loop and shackle/key. The 29mm Fly block features a titanium sheave for strength/light weight, and our Dyneema loop has been strength tested at Marlow ropes to greater than 1000Kg. The kicker key is the newer/stronger type and the shackle screw is secured with Locktite – we leave nothing to chance. This is what Team GBR sailor Michael Beckett has to say about it…”The first time I used the Harken fly block, in place of the old typical wire block at the top of the vang, it was a distinct and welcome improvement. Attached to the vang key with a neat soft-attach and shackle it has no issues taking the load of the vang, whilst significantly reducing the friction in the system. The new block doesn’t look that different to the old, it really is just a simple case of making the vang much easier to pull on. I would recommend this to anyone looking to improve their control lines in any way, but particularly to any smaller sailors who feel like they ‘should’ be depowering more but struggle to pull enough vang on. Also, for anyone looking to change from a 15:1 to 12:1 system to help keep control lines tidy with less rope lying around; this block will really help.”
Allen: Southeast Sailboats asked Allen if they would manufacture a custom version of their 2030 Extreme High Load block so that the kicker key could be attached to the block without using a loop/shackle. Featuring Allen patented dynamic bearing technology with CNC machined aluminium side cheeks and a precision turned stainless steel sheave this 30mm block makes a significant difference to the free running of the kicker making it easier to pull on. Checkout what Southeast Sailboats sponsored sailor, multiple world champion and Olympic coach Jon Emmett has to say about this amazing block.
Options when you order one of the complete kicker/vang systems above. Take a purchase out of the system if you wish, or change the centre block type to the more traditional Harken 'Air' block.