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New XHL makes eXtremly Happy Laser sailors

by Ben Harden 19 Nov 04:00 PST
A2031XHL-873 © Southeast Sailboats

Introducing a new Laser specific vang block, A2031XHL-873 from the UK hardware manufacturer Allen.

The block which features the same extreme high load dynamic bearing technology as the rest of the Allen XHL range, has been specifically adapted to work as the Laser dinghy's top vang block.

The XHL range was conceived when the Allen design team worked with the World's top International Moth sailors to create a solution for the extreme high loads, they were putting through the vang.

More recently Allen has been working on feedback from top Laser sailors who are looking for a more efficient top block for their vang. It was inevitable then, that the Allen design team would use the tried and tested XHL block to solve the problem. By adapting the 30mm XHL block to incorporate a stronger vang key the Allen design team has come up with a solution that is not only capable of withstanding the Laser vang loads but also sleek and stylish.

Southeast Sailboats, who specialise in providing world class rigging for the Laser, have been using the XHL block and commented: "This extremely free running block makes pulling on the vang easier, and the stronger key will ensure that it will cope with the increased loads imposed by the Laser MkII rig. By integrating the vang key into the block the overall length of the block and key is minimised, thereby not compromising the overall vang operating range. This great block will also help sailors who are currently struggling to pull on enough vang to depower the sail for the conditions, and in addition make it easier for sailors who want to take a purchase out of the vang system."

The A2031XHL-873 has a breaking load of 1000kg and is available direct from the Allen website www.allenbrothers.co.uk or from most Allen stockists.

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