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Series 20 Orbit Block™ User Instructions

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RF25109HL Series 20 BB Orbit Block™

Ronstan BB Orbit Blocks™ feature a unique Lashing head. Building on the latest trends in grand prix dinghy and ocean racing, it replaces the steel head post and shackle arrangement of traditional blocks.

IMPORTANT: In order to meet breaking loads this block must be lashed with the lashing, strop or link passing through the hub.

The lashing must be passed down through the head, out through the cheek, through the hub, back in through opposite cheek and back up and out through the head. Repeat for lines, sizes that require more than one strand to meet load rating.

The Maximum Working Load and Breaking Load of the assembly (Block + Lashing) is generally limited by the strength of the rope and the joining method. Knots, splices, stitching, etc. will generally have a lower Breaking Load than the rope itself. It is possible to use up to 4mm (5/32”) lashing line for lashing the RF25109 running the lashing around as a single strand, but a neater result with more secure knotting can be achieved by using the smaller line size provided (e.g. 1.7 - 2mm) passed through multiple times. The RF25109HL Series 20 Orbit Block™ is supplied with 750mm (30”) of 2mm (3/32”) diam. single braid Dyneema® lashing line.

For best results, the lashing must be attached to a mounting point with a smooth, well rounded profile.

Avoid attaching directly to fittings with sharp edges or rough surfaces that may damage the lashing through abrasion or point loading. For this situation use a shackle with a smooth surface between the lashing and the fitting. Regularly inspect the lashing for damage, if found replace immediately.

Correct Lashing of RF25109 Series 20 BB OrbitBlock™
incorrect Lashing of RF25109 Series 20 BB OrbitBlock™

1.0 LASHING OPTIONS

Attachment at 0°
Attachment at 0°

OR

Attachment at 90°
Attachment at 90°

OR

Line end attachment
Line end attachment

OR

Large diameter object attachment (Must have at least 2 strands)
Large diameter object attachment*
*Must have at least 2 strands

1.1 Attachment at 0° (in-line)

>1.1.1 Attachment at 0° (in-line)
1.1.1 Pass the lashing line down through the head and out through the cheek.
>1.1.2 Attachment at 0° (in-line)
1.1.2 Pass the lashing line down through the head and out through the cheek.
>1.1.3 Attachment at 0° (in-line)
1.1.3 Pass lashing line in through the opposite cheek and back up through the head.
>1.1.4 Attachment at 0° (in-line)
1.1.4 Pass lashing line around fixing point. Repeat steps 1.1.1 to 1.1.3 if more than one strand is required to meet desired breaking load.
>1.1.5 Attachment at 0° (in-line)
1.1.5 Finish lashing with appropriate knot, splice or whipping.

1.2 Attachment at 90° (in-line)

>1.2.1 Attachment at 90° (transverse)
1.2.1 Pass the lashing line down through the head, out through the cheek and through the hub.
>1.2.2 Attachment at 90° (transverse)
1.2.2 Pass lashing line in through the opposite cheek and back up through the head.
>1.2.3 Attachment at 90° (transverse)
1.2.3 Loop lashing line over the fixing point. Pass back down through the head and out the same cheek it last passed through.
>1.2.4 Attachment at 90° (transverse)
1.2.4 Pass lashing line through the hub, in through opposite cheek and up through the head. Repeat steps 1.2.1 to 1.2.3 if more than one strand is required.
>1.2.5 Attachment at 90° (transverse)
1.2.5 Finish lashing with appropriate knot, splice or whipping.

1.3 End Attachment

>1.3.1 End Attachment
1.3.1 Pass the lashing line down through the head and out through the cheek.
>1.3.2 End Attachment
1.3.2 Pass lashing line through the hub.
>1.3.3 End Attachment
1.3.3 Pass lashing line in through the opposite cheek and back up through the head.
>1.3.4 End Attachment
1.3.4 To finish attachment tie a bowline above the block. Note: Knot must be a non-slipping (non-tightening) knot.

OR

>1.3.5 End Attachment
1.3.5 For the ultimate clean finish use an eye splice.

1.4 Large Diameter Object Attachment

>1.4.1 Large Diameter Object Attachment
1.4.1
>1.4.2 Large Diameter Object Attachment
1.4.2
>1.4.3 Large Diameter Object Attachment
1.4.3

Where attachment to a large diameter object, wider than the head of the block, is required (eg. a boom) the lashings must cross each other between the head of the block and the object. Four strands of lashing are required to prevent the block twisting and creating a poor lead. The strands from one side of the block should be to the outside and the strands from the other side passing between them. See diagram 1.4.3.

2.0 BECKET OPTIONS

A through-hub can be used as a becket for up to 3mm (1/8”) lines. A take-off becket can be created with the lashing line for use with 4-6mm (5/32” - 1/4”) sheets.

Through Hub Becket
Through Hub Becket For sheets up to 3mm (1/8”).

OR

Lashing Used as Becket
Lashing Used as Becket For sheets 4-6mm (5/32” - 1/4”).

OR

Lashing Used as Becket
Lashing Used as Becket and Sheet Line For sheets up to 3mm (1/8”). It is possible for the sheet to be used as the lashing as well as the becket.

2.1 Through-Hub Becket - for sheets up to 3mm (1/8")

>2.1.1  Through-Hub Becket - for sheets up to 3mm (1/8“)
2.1.1 Attach block to fixing point as per lashing option 1.1 to 1.4.
>2.1.2  Through-Hub Becket - for sheets up to 3mm (1/8“)
2.1.2 Pass the lashing line down through the head and out through the cheek.

2.2 Lashing Used as Becket - for SheetS 4-6mm (5/32” - 1/4”)

>2.2.1 Lashing Used as Becket
2.2.1 Pass the lashing line down through the head, out through the cheek and through the hub.
>2.2.2 Lashing Used as Becket
2.2.2 Loop under the bottom of the block and again though the hub.
>2.2.3 Lashing Used as Becket
2.2.3 Repeat step 2.2.2 if more than one loop is required to meet the desired breaking load. Pass line in through the far side cheek and back up through the head.
>2.2.4  Lashing Used as Becket
2.2.4 If another loop is required to meet breaking load, loop the line around fixing point, pass it back down through the head, out through the near side cheek, through the hub, back in through the far side cheek and back up through the head.
>2.2.5  Lashing Used as Becket
2.2.5 Finish lashing with appropriate knot, splice or whipping. Attach the sheet to the becket loops using a bowline or splice.

2.3 Single Line Used as Becket & SheetS - for Sheets up to 3mm (1/8")

>2.3.1 Single Line Used as Becket & Sheet Line
2.3.1 Pass the line in through a cheek, up through the head, around the fixing point, back down through the head and out through the opposite cheek.
>2.3.2 Single Line Used as Becket & Sheet Line
2.3.2 Pass both ends through the hub in opposite directions.
>2.3.3 Single Line Used as Becket & Sheet Line
2.3.3 Finish lashing with appropriate knot, splice or whipping. If a knot is used it must not be a ‘slip’ knot, and the knot must be such that it pulls equally on each line leading up to the hub. A bowline is ideal. Note: the breaking load of the installed block is dependent on the breaking load of the line; up to a maximum B.L. of 900kg (1980lb). Knots, splices, stitching, etc. will generally have a lower breaking load than the rope itself.

3.0 CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Lashing attachment

  • To receive the maximum performance benefit from the Lashings, they must be used correctly installed, inspected regularly and replaced when required.
  • Lashings must be attached to a mounting point with a smooth, well rounded profile without sharp edges or burrs. If in doubt, use a shackle with a smooth surface between the Lashing and the mounting point.
  • Lashings will eventually suffer degradation from fatigue, wear and UV exposure. Like all running and standing rigging, Lashings should be inspected as a part of your regular boat maintenance program and replaced if they show significant wear or fibre damage.

Orbit Blocks™

  • Grit and sand will damage bearing systems. Ronstan Orbit Blocks™ have a precisely engineered bearing system that should be kept clean and free of sand and grit to ensure optimum performance and service life. Blocks, in particular the bearing areas, should be flushed with fresh water regularly and periodically cleaned with a mild detergent and water.
  • Dry lubricants such as Ronstan Sailfast™ silicon spray may be used to lubricate the bearing system. Oil/petrochemical based lubricants must not be used.
  • Ronstan Orbit Blocks™ are designed and manufactured for applications on sailboats.
  • See the INFO section of the Ronstan web site and our catalogue for important customer considerations and warranty information.

4.0 DEFINITIONS

BB = Ball Bearing
MWL = Maximum Working Load
BL = Breaking Load
Dyneema® is a trademark of Royal DSM NV.
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