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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:03 pm 
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Was looking to update my single block setup with a triple. Naturally i'm looking for the best deal and came across an upper and lower triple block from a company called Nautos. Their lower block (part #92733) sells for around $90, and their upper (part # 92230) goes for about $50. Much less then a Harken setup and both blocks are 57mm. Of course the ol' "you get what you pay for" line runs through head so I was wondering if any of you have experience with, or an opinion on this company and their products since they seem to be a lot less expensive then Harken.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:13 pm 
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I came to this forum with the same question about Nautos blocks. I saw your post and was disappointed to see no replies. Anyway, I found a Nautos distributor in St. Pete that gave me little more info. Though I'm not ready to buy blocks yet he gave me a little better insight into Nautos. A phone call may help you decide.

There are a few dealers listed on the 'Dealers' tab on this site.
http://www.nautos-usa.com/


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:40 pm 
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I have very limited experience with Nautos blocks. I've only owned very small ones (18 mm) used for control lines (like the jib tack tension on a Tiger). They are very similar to the Holt-Allen (British) blocks and I've seen references to Holt-Nautos on the Internet. Not really sure what the connection is.

However, 57 mm is too large for the upper block. Stock size is 40 mm. (Harken 2643).

I will say that Harken blocks are made in the USA; Nautos blocks are made in Brazil. Harken will replace a broken or malfunctioning block, no questions asked (other than trying to figure out why it broke so they can make their products better).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:00 am 
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Thanks for the heads up on Nautos. I just bought a 57mm Nautos 6:1 ratchet setup over the weekend. The ratchet base and triple boom block cost me $129 including shipping. They come with a 5-year warranty. I love Harken products but a similar setup from Murrays would have cost me three times what I paid for these blocks. Time will tell if I made a wise investment.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:19 am 
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I a very interested in what you think of them after you see them and use them a little.

I am a big fan of 'Buy American', but really don't want to drop $350 on blocks. I would find a used set first.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 7:15 am 
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I had a Harken 2655 break on me last night. It is the upper block in the Aussie halyard setup.

I called Harken this morning and they informed me there was a only a 5 year warranty.. But only asked that I send them the block with a description of how it was being used, and a replacement would be sent.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 9:04 am 
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ronholm wrote:
I had a Harken 2655 break on me last night. It is the upper block in the Aussie halyard setup.

The Harken 2655 (40 mm Carbo fiddle) is an marginal choice for the Aussie halyard system on a 16. It only has a 485 lb working load and a 1620 lb breaking strength.

A better choice is the Harken 100 (double bullet block for wire). It has a working load of 750 lbs. Pair it with the Harken 099 (single bullet w/becket for wire). Both of those have a 2000 lb breaking strength.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 11:59 am 
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MBounds wrote:
ronholm wrote:
I had a Harken 2655 break on me last night. It is the upper block in the Aussie halyard setup.

The Harken 2655 (40 mm Carbo fiddle) is an marginal choice for the Aussie halyard system on a 16. It only has a 485 lb working load and a 1620 lb breaking strength.

A better choice is the Harken 100 (double bullet block for wire). It has a working load of 750 lbs. Pair it with the Harken 099 (single bullet w/becket for wire). Both of those have a 2000 lb breaking strength.



Besides having a replacement on the way... I am pretty sure I just ordered what you are suggesting. Jim Sohn is setting me up. :D

so given that my experience seems to reinforce what you are saying.. maybe this needs updated...

http://www.harken.com/OneDesign/hobie16.php



Sorry about the thread highjacking.. just wanted to put in my 2cents about Harken's service...


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 3:21 pm 
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Update: The $129 Nautos blocks I ordered on Saturday were shipped from Ft. Lauderdale at 9AM on Monday and arrived at my house this afternoon via Priority mail. So far so good. A pleasant surprise - they came with nice SS shackles. I didn't expect that. They basically look like knock-offs of the "other" brand. :P


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