New Kicker/Vang Top Blocks
Improve the ease of use of your kicker/vang with these new solutions from Harken and Allen.
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.
The Allen solution is neater. Earlier this year 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. This new block is now in stock. 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. The Allen solution is heavier than the Harken as it has a stainless rather than titanium sheave, but is neater due to the integrated kicker key.
Have a look at our premium kicker/vang top block solutions from Allen and Harken, and what GBR Team member Michael Beckett has to say about his testing of the Harken solution here….