Peter Harken first designed the now iconic six-sided Hexaratchet® block in 1971. With a 17:1 holding power ratio, this meant that the trimmer had only to exert one (1) pound of force to hold 17 pounds of load. This leverage provides much-needed relief when conditions are breezy. As Peter said, “(it) has made every ratchet block in existence obsolete including our old one.” Fast forward forty-six years and Harken Ratchet blocks are found aboard nearly every class of boat across the sport of sailing.
Learn about key features of Ratchet blocks from Matt Schmidt, Harken Product Manager for Small Boat blocks:
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