Snatch Block Test Update
Stainless Ronstan snatch blocks compared with Practical Sailors top pick by Harken.
Practical Sailor evaluated six snatch blocks in August 2007, with the Harken 1609 receiving the nod as the best all-around snatch block. As a follow-up, Practical Sailor compared two Ronstan snatch blocks, the Ronstan 6831 and the Ronstan 6751, to the Harken block. The Ronstan RF-6751 sports an investment-cast stainless-steel sheave, a heavy-duty latch, and side plates covered with thick, thermoplastic rubber cheeks. The blocks ruggedness and user-friendly latching function make it ideal for heavy duty applications on a cruising boat. Ronstans RF-6831 has a stainless-steel frame and tough PVC cheeks. It is representative of Ronstans alloy-sheave blocks with its high-quality construction, mid-range cost and working load. Although Practical Sailor prefers the Harken for everyday use, both Ronstan blocks are well-suited for cruising sailors.