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From blocks, sheaves and travellers, to furlers, rope cleats, stainless steel fittings, sheet and halyard winches, if you’re looking for new hardware for your boat then make sure you drop by the Ronstan stand (G34) at the RYA Dinghy Show (03-04 March, Alexandra Palace).

Throughout the show Ronstan’s team of experts will be on hand to answer any technical questions you may have to make sure you get the right kit for your boat.

“No matter whether you are a racing sailor or offshore cruiser, our global team experience allows us to offer the perfect sailing product solution to meet the needs of you and your boat”, commented Elisa Mangani, Engineer from Ronstan.

Offering a full range of yacht and dinghy sailing products Ronstan is a world-leading manufacturer of sailboat hardware, rigging components, sailing wear and accessories.

Two of the new products that will be available at the show include the Ronstan RF6 Mainsheet Swivel Cleat Base for Smaller Dinghies and the Ronstan Series 15 High Performance Ball Bearing Dinghy Blocks.

The Ronstan RF7 swivel cleat base has been a favourite among dinghy sailors for many years. Now the company has released the RF6, specifically engineered for dinghies up to 4.5m (15ft) in length.

Designed to give the sailor easy and accurate control of their mainsheet from any position on the boat, the cleat base allows quick and accurate cleating and releasing from any angle.

“The cleat arm gives the sailor a very high degree of versatility. Stainless steel ball bearings support the cleat arm which features an integral stop to prevent over-rotation. A switchable ratchet in the base allows the arm to remain at its most recently used position, but the ratchet can also be turned off for free swivelling.  The integrated base and cleat arm are glass fibre reinforced for strength, while the fixings and block attachment loop are 316 stainless steel”, explained Ms Mangani.

The base suits traditional shackle head blocks and Dyneema link head Orbit Blocks and comes with a small C-Cleat cam cleat and fairlead, suitable for line sizes 2-8mm (3/32 - 5/8") diameter.  Weighing only 209 grams, the base has a maximum working load of 125kg (275lbs), based on a 120 degree change in line direction.

With the Ronstan Series 15 High Performance Ball Bearing Dinghy Blocks dinghy sailors no longer need to consider a trade-off between performance and weight, according to Ronstan designer Albert Mahoney. “Our Series 15 range of high-performance dinghy blocks is the smallest we've ever made – and the smallest on the market,” he says.

“In fact, if you try to make a smaller block than this one you just won't have enough material to absorb the heat energy these blocks encounter in competitive use. Our lab and field testing by team sailors proved as much.”

A precision moulded acetal sheave running on stainless steel ball bearings is the key, Mahoney explains, saying that is what provides the high performance and low friction that dinghy sailors need. The blocks also feature a clever exit block design with single piece housing and flush finish rivet to minimise cut-outs and make installation easier.

“This range is perfect for all dinghies from Optimists to foiling Moths,” Mahoney concluded, pointing out that the blocks come with a variety of attachment options from through-hull to saddles and soft lashings.

To find out more about Ronstan visit or visit them on stand G34 at the show.

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As well as a full line up of expert talks and coaching sessions, you’ll also discover hundreds of boats from beautiful classics to the very latest in cutting edge design along with clubs, classes, boat builders, holiday companies and much more!

Plus all weekend there will be plenty of activities to inspire and entertain the whole family!

Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. RYA affiliated clubs can also take advantage of a special ticket price of £10 when booking six tickets or more. Don’t forget two children go free with each paying adult as well.

Anyone buying a ticket in advance will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a for their club.

To buy your tickets visit or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

For all the latest show news and information visit  or follow us on Facebook  or on twitter @dinghyshow

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