Carbo Ratchets allow sailors to hand-hold loaded lines and offer balance between holding power and controlled easing.
Nylon resin sideplates are densely packed with long-glass fibers for a compact block with a high strength-to-weight ratio. Machined aluminum sheaves are hardcoat anodized for strength and corrosion resistance. Eight facets hold line securely. Ball bearings, sheave, and sideplates are UV-stabilized with carbon black for maximum protection.
The 40 mm ratchets are ideal for jib sheets and spinnakers where size and weight are critical. The 2608, 2609, and 2614 have on/off switches; other 40 mm ratchets are always in ratchet mode.
57 mm & 75 mmm
The 57 mm and 75 mm switchable ratchets provide precise on/off control with accessible, easy-to-operate on/off switches on both sides of the block.
For the ultimate system, mount a switchable ratchet in the cockpit and a boom-mounted Ratchamatic® directly above for double holding power in heavy air and a free-
running mainsheet when it’s light. The 75 mm provides up to 15:1 holding power; the 57 mm 10:1.
The Carbo Ratchamatic® is a load-sensing ratchet block that rolls freely in both directions under low loads and automatically engages the ratchet as loads increase. Shifting between ratchet and light-air modes is seamless. Unloaded main and jib sheets run out freely during mark roundings and asymmetrical spinnakers free instantly during jibes.
Ratchet engagement may be adjusted to a higher or lower load according to strength and sailing style. The Ratchamatic® cheek block mounts on either port or starboard. The holding power of the 57 mm is as high as 10:1. The 75 mm is up to 15:1.
For the ultimate system, mount a Ratchamatic® on the boom above a cockpit-mounted switchable ratchet to allow the mainsheet to run freely in light air and to double holding power in heavy air.