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PostPosted: Sep 10th, '17, 22:18 
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We have just purchased some Ronstan cars to suit series 25 T track. Its the usual track used for most TY headsail systems.
Ronstan have redesigned the cars and blocks to a black glass reinforced nylon type material, and attached fancy ball bearing blocks.

This seems fine, until you read that the biggest of the shelf car system will only take 10mm line.
I'm sure we used slightly bigger headsail sheets on our last boat, maybe 12mm ? ? Cant remember.

Anyway, I was speaking to Ronstan about their latest deal (in another post), and mentioned these headsail cars. They said the trend is to use smaller blocks, as the sheet diameters are shrinking due to modern high strength lines. I understand this, and we use 6mm halyards. I thought something that's worked by hand a lot like headsails sheets and mainsail sheets, there must still be large enough diameter to get a good hand grip.

I must be wrong.

Anyway, keep this in mind if you need new headsail blocks and like the comfort of large rope in your hands.

I must say that you can remove the block from the car, and put a bigger one on. I was just a bit disappointed with the "standard" offerings now.

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PostPosted: Sep 11th, '17, 06:46 
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Also keep in mind that self tailing winches won't like the skinny rope.

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PostPosted: Sep 11th, '17, 20:24 
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Slammin wrote:
Also keep in mind that self tailing winches won't like the skinny rope.



yes exactly !
lucky we don't have them for the headsail sheets !

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My anderson self tailer is perfectly happy with either the 6 or 8 mm genoa / kite sheets I use on the noelex. ( 6 mm spectra in light winds or 8 mm if I'm the one handling the sheets) . Perhaps you guys need to buy some gloves for your crew?

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Or just HTFU. :wink:
I use 8mm for sheets, 8mm for main & jib halyard, 6mm for everything else.
No spectra, be like putting spoilers on a bus. 8)

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ive got office hands :lol:

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