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Harken designed the Element block line to provide the casual but discerning sailor with a line of reasonably-priced, quality blocks that would withstand corrosion and work well for a long time.
The Element line was in development and testing for almost 2 1/2 years before it was deemed ready to market. The result is an efficient, smooth-running line of blocks that have Harken's quality and contemporary look, whilst maintaining the desired value price point.
Most blocks available at a similar price employ plastic side plates surrounding an internal metal yoke. Harken chose forged aluminium because it is much stronger than plastic or cast aluminium.
The forging process allowed Harken them to shape the aluminium side plates into compound curves, making the blocks even stronger and longer-lasting. The side plates protect the strong fibre-reinforced sheave and proven bearing system.
Elements are offered in singles, doubles, triples, fiddles, cams and foot blocks in 45, 60, and 80 mm sizes. They accept lines from 8 - 16 mm. Element double and triples are perfect for building 4:1 and 6:1 winch-driven mainsheet systems. Element blocks can also be used in cascaded backstay systems, mast base applications for leading halyards and any application where light weight and high-end efficiency aren't the primary concern. All element blocks feature a removable head post lock that allows the shackle to operate fixed or swivel in either direction to align with the line's path.