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Blocks And Tackles


What is the recommended strong and simple block manufacturer/product line for our boats? The Blockit blocks on my boat are starting to fail. My local San Francisco Bay Area chandlery, Svendsens, seem to have decent pricing. Without a commercial account though, I am also wondering if there a good place to purchase online?

Gary and Charlotte Burton

Defender.com can't be beat

Aaron Norlund


All of the blocks you'll find in big chandlers are good. If I had to buy all new though, I'd really look around for user-serviceable blocks. That's to say, look for blocks that can be taken apart! I have Schaeffer all over right now.

A good set of wood blocks (teak, ash) with metal straps and keeper pads for a bronze shaft, are nice. They don't mar your deck, and they're easy to service. Also, blocks with rubber housings are good as they don't nick and scratch stuff.

Defender.com is good.

Aaron N.

Terry Shoup

Mark Miller, owner of WS28 Patricia A, made some really nice antique-looking wooden blocks a while back. You might check with him -- I'll find his email and send it along, if you like.

Bud Taplin

I buy all my blocks from Garhauer Marine, and all ball bearing with stainless cheeks. Contact me directly for some very good pricing.

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