|Karver Block from show.|
My old Schaefer Genoa blocks are it pretty rough shape. The sheet lines jam in the sheaves. This is great if you don't feel like cleating of the lines but not so great if you are tacking. The track cars and springs are all in good shape although tarnished a bit. I contacted Schaefer and they are no longer rebuilding these blocks. I'd read some place that they rebuilt them but this is no longer the case. I went to West Marine looking for sheaves but as I started picking through the pins nuts and other parts that where going to be needed the sales associate said at that rate your getting close to purchasing new blocks. She was right so that is what I did. Problem is the shackles will not fit through the Schaefer cars.
|Schaefer blocks pre-revamp. ie jam blocks.|
So here is what I did. First I used heaviest stainless rings pins I could find and hooked a set of Harken Carbo swiveling blocks to the Schaefer cars. Then I spun the stand-up springs around the ring and base. This looked like a good start to me but those ring clips could be the weak point. I decided to add a little extra insurance and run a fine piece of double braid line to tie it all together. If it works for a big boat why not a Typhoon. I ended up removing the core of the line and melting the ends. This thinned the line just enough to allow it to pass trough the block with the ring pin. I considered splicing it together but after a looking at it a while I decided to just go with a simple clean square knot and tuck the tails back under. If it works well I'll might go back and splice it but that is some small line. Total cost under $50.00 for both cars. Not bad when you consider the Scaefer replacements would have run north of $200 for both blocks.
|Step one ring and step spring.|
|Core Removed and fire.|
|Genoa block rebuilt|
|Close-up of base Genoa car.|