Snatch Blocks


Snatch blocks are a very versatile piece of sailboat hardware that can be used pratically anywhere on the boat. A snatch block is a specialty block (also known as a pully) that has one of the cheeks open. This enables snatch blocks to be placed on loaded lines, or on lines that the bitter end is unavailable. Having snatch blocks on board gives your crew options in expected and unexpected situations, such as headsail changes or failure of other blocks.

Snatch blocks are commonly used in head sail handling appliactions. A common use for snatchblocks is as tweakers on spinnaker guys. Using a snatch block on a tweaker allows for efficient headsail changes and makes it easy to remove the tweakers in light wind. Other uses for snatch blocks includes attaching them to a toerail to use as a lead for a genoa or spinnaker sheet or adding them to a genoa sheet to use as a barber hauler.

Snatch blocks typically have a lower working load than traditional blocks of the same size so it is important to pay attention to the loads that will be applied when selecting a snatch block. Also note that the load applied to a block changes with the deflection angle.

About Antal Snatch Blocks
Antal Makes a wide range of snatch blocks ranging from affordable low load mini snatch blocks to large Maxi Snatch Blocks attached to pad eyes. On the mini to midrange Antal snatch blocks, he cheekplate revolves around the sheave axle allowing the block to open; a safety pin, which engages automatically on closing, stops the block from opening accidentally. The block can be attached with webbing or better still with a fine highly resistant line made of material such as Kevlar or Spectra.The Maxi Snatch Blocks are on stand-up spring; the cheekplate revolves to open the block, a safety pin stops the block from opening. 

About Equiplite Snatch Blocks
Equiplite's patented snatch blocks use DSK 75 loops to take the loads directly through the centre of the sheave. This allows the blocks to be extremely light, compact, quick and easy to operate, compared to competitive blocks, of the same load. They employ carbon composite side plates, aluminum sheaves for Hi Load types and high load low friction polymer bearings. They are used on top competitive boats for all uses, including Barber Haulers, tweakers etc. and their flexibility make them particularly good for the most difficult use on Halyards (from 2:1). 

About Harken Snatch Blocks
Harken push button snatch blocks have become a standard for several sailing programs. With a built in swivelling snap shackle, crew can quickly fasten them wherever needed. ULC bearing technology ensures sheaves turn smoothly and maintain efficiency at high loads. Snap-fit Torlon® ball bearings handle thrust loads, and the integral head-spacer prevents the Hardkote-anodized sideplates from binding the sheave. The articulating Loop carries the block's primary load.Harken's New soft attach snatch blocks feature a dyneema loop to attach them to any location needed.

About Garhaur Snatch Blocks
Garhauer snatch blocks come with trunion snap shackle and feature a swivel side plate with pull pin.

About Ronstan Snatch Blocks
le and quick to deploy, they can be easily opened when the load is released. The standard snap shackle head allows the block to swivel through 360°. Soft resilient cheeks reduce clatter and protect gelcoat and painted surfaces. Attachment point provided for shock cord hanger.Trunnion snap shackle provides the same swivel action and offers additional articulation from side to side.

About Schaefer Snatch Blocks
Schaefer's Snatch Blocks use an investment cast snap shackle attached with a Ball joint enabling 360° rotation as well as 15° tilting action. This flexibility allows for quick attachment. Urethane cheek covers protect your deck from damage. Each block has an integral bail allowing you to "hang" the block with a shockcord. Strength, Flexibility and Schaefer's reputation allow you to sail easier and safer.

About Wichard Snatch Blocks
Wichard snatch blocks come in small and large sizes and are made with rubber sides to help prevent them from banging around on the deck. This prevents excessive noise and wear and tear on both the deck and the block.