AutoRatchet Blocks - Allen were pioneers in the development of the first AutoRatchet blocks more than 30 years ago.
The clever internal mechanism is designed to activate when the block is under load - as every sailor knows this can make all the difference on a long spinnaker reach or upwind beat. Years of constant development with the world's top sailors has made the AutoRatchet one of the most reliable and effective on the market. Allen ratchet blocks are engineered with ball bearing technology and advanced engineering polymers for longevity and performance.
Switchable Ratchet Blocks - These blocks have a ratchet mechanism that can easily be switched on or off even under load and the swivel head can be locked in a fixed position. Allen sheave technology gives you grip under load and easy release when the load is decreased. The cheek block allows port or starboard deck mounting.
The Wave Ratchet, offers between 20 to 40%* more grip without adding any additional wear to the rope. The Wave Ratchet sheave has an offset V style grip, made from a hard-wearing recycled plastic nylon, which does not have sharp edges that will eat into the rope. Instead, by adjusting the V formation in the sheave to be slightly offset, the ratchet now grips the rope at additional points around the sheave, resulting in more grip.
Barton Marine The new Barton Ratchet Block is designed to be used on mainsheet systems and spinnaker sheets on dinghies and keelboats, and for small yachts up to 30 feet.
Ratchet Blocks – Switchable Vs AutoRatchet
The ratchet block is arguably one of the most important pieces of hardware used on a sailboat, so choosing the correct size and type can make a big difference to how you sail your boat and what feedback the sails give you.
Allen Catalogue Featuring Eric's Storage 16ft Skiff
10 Years ago Mel was on her way to the Dusseldorf Boat Show to meet up with Allen confirming we would be part of the Distribution Network moving forward.
Allen Flying 11 Championship sees 3 clubs on the Podium
Mel attended the Flying 11’s representing Allen which was extremely exciting to be going as the main sponsor of their Championship. Mel had competed in a Flying 11 Nationals at RQYS so it brought back a lot of memories.
More Grip, Less Slip With New Wave Ratchet
Allen has launched an additional option for their range of ratchet blocks, dubbed the Wave Ratchet, which will offer between 20 to 40%* more grip without adding any additional wear to the rope.
A2360 - X2 AutoRatchet - Review by Nathan Edwards
Thanks to our Team Allen sailor, Nathan Edwards, for this fantastic review of the A2360 - X2 AutoRatchet.