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Ronstan Orbit Blocks vs. Harken Blocks | Expert Advice

This year Ronstan released new smaller (20 and 30 mm) sizes of their Orbit blocks. They’re pretty nifty blocks and as with any new introduction into the realm of marine hardware they beg the question – are they better? Our very own Rob Beach set about answering that question and came up with a whole bunch of numbers for us to crunch. We set about comparing the new 20 and 30mm Orbit blocks with the comparable Harken and older Ronstan […]

Laser ACC Regatta Wrapup and Harken Block Test Drive

Harken Laser Blocks Tested | Expert Advice

The Laser ACC (Atlantic Coast Championship) regatta was held this past weekend one block from our APS offices at the Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The Laser Radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the Laser 4.7 winner was Mary Hall. Here in the US a Laser […]

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks | Expert Review

In last weeks blog post you had a First Look at the new Harken Laser Blocks that should be available at the end of the month. Since then we’ve had a bunch of people pre-order them already, so kudos to you early adopters! Thankfully, within the last few days I’ve managed to get my hands on a set of these babies and install them on my own Laser. I took them out for a spin during the weeknight racing we […]

Harken Laser Traveler & Boom Blocks, a First Look

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks First Look | Expert Review

If you”re a Laser sailor you”ve probably heard rumors about Harken Laser Blocks for a while now. The class authorized new blocks manufactured by Harken a little while ago but we”re only just now getting confirmation that they”re in the manufacturing process. These new blocks will be available as a set containing the traveler blocks and both boom blocks as well as rivets to attach the boom blocks. The set will sell for $95 – or at least that”s what […]

First Look: Ronstan Series 30 Orbit Blocks

Ronstan Series 30 Orbit Blocks | Expert Review

Update: The Series 30 Ronstan Orbit Blocks are now available on our website. Ronstan has “officially” released the Series 30 Orbit Blocks today; they’ve been advertised a little already and they were on the Ronstan website last week (maybe longer). Anyway, we’re working on getting them up on the site. Just like a Wendy’s menu, you have the traditional singles, doubles and triples in the Series 30 line. Incidentally, how does someone order a biggie-sized triple hamburger meal and have […]