We first used these on J/109s last year when the class allowed the addition of an inhauler system, and since then I’ve gotten tons of questions, most of which are about whether they’re plastic or not, so here is some information and answers to popular questions.
Are they plastic?
I’m glad you asked, NO, these are not plastic. They’re aluminum with a very very nice hardcote anodizing so they look plastic.
But they look plastic, are you sure they’re not plastic? Can you check?
I checked, they’re really not plastic.
How big are they?
I’m glad you asked, I was worried you were going to ask if they were plastic again!
The dimensions are: Length 50mm, Width 35mm, Diameter big hole 19mm, Diameter little hole 9.5mm, thickness 19mm. They like inhauling and long walks on the beach.
Wait, so they’re plastic?
I just checked again, no.
How strong are they?
Good question! No idea! However, given the materials involved I would say strong enough for boats whose jib sheets would fit. 10mm is safe. I have tried them on spliced, covered 11mm and had no issues, however a customer reported it was a tight fit on their 7/16″ Warpspeed, so check your sheets before ordering
Does it come with the rope?
This is just the inhauler part, price is for 1 inhauler. But we can do rope!