To make your boat go better, it is not enough to have performance sails; you need state-of-the-art equipment that can withstand significant loads but be equally effective. How does this need translate into practical terms? Relying on lines and deck accessories (winches, blocks, whips…) that are able to perform-and make the sails perfom-the best. Here you will find nine of the best possible choices when it comes to sailing equipment.
Zircon blocks – Harken
Ideal blocks for small boats. Ceramic ball bearings are installed in roller cages, which prevent friction. The 40 mm pulley model has a maximum working load of 115 kg and a breaking load of 340 kg.
Ronstan – Orbit Winch 40QT
Ronstan’s first line of winches includes winches with a smooth-surfaced aluminum drum with Power Ribs machining that improves line grip and reduces line wear, with a lower line entry on the drum.
Facnor – FXe Code
The furler is installed in place of the manual furler and secured on the deck or bowsprit with a quick-release carabiner. For control, one can opt for the fixed version or the remote control version. Also included is a case with handle.
Winch Racing Line – Antal
Unveiled at the Genoa 2023 Boat Show, Antal’s new winch is the result of the brand’s work on the latest generation Class 40s. In fact, the winch weighs half a kilogram less than the standard, while maintaining solidity and strength.
Jiber – Ubi Maior
Ubi Maior’s Jiber furler was also presented in an electric version. It is the first step toward motorizing the brand’s deck equipment. The footprint below deck is the same so no additional space is required.
Tasmania – Gleistein
The Tasmania line was developed by Gleistein for most possible cruising uses. These are flexible ropes made of polyester braided double rope, available in different color combinations and with good load-bearing capacities.
Classic Line – Arming Ropes
Classic Boat, Classic Line. Here is a range of current rigging and mooring lines developed for vintage boats, available with PET, polyester or dyneema cores and featuring a gold coloration reminiscent of hemp.
FT Furler – Bamar
FT (Flat Tack Furler) series manual furlers feature a low tack attachment, which allows maximum luff length of the sail. In addition, installation requires very little space below deck.
Grand Prix Line – Gottifredi Maffioli
In the Grand Prix line there are entry-level racing lines that are good for most sailors. Like Powersprint 78s, excellent for halyards and sheets, SK78 Dyneema core and polyester sock: easy to handle and durable.