From a selection of the latest kit in Yachting Monthly’s New Gear pages


The best ideas are often the simplest, and few blocks can be simpler than the U Block from Ropeye.

It’s made from just three parts: a Dyneema Teflon coated loop, a low friction ring and a U-shaped bracket made from carbon fibre.

The loop is threaded through one side of U bracket, through the low friction ring and out of the bracket, where it can be joined back on itself.

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Available in four sizes, they have a SWL of 1,000kg, 1,500kg, 2,500kg and 4,000kg respectively.

The block is easy to install and will self-align in 360° under load.

The Ropeye U Block coasts £135 and is available from

From Yachting Monthly’s New Gear pages April 2018