Adjustable backstay for Catalina 27s and Catalina 30s with the shorter 5' bridles and a connection in the middle of the transom for the block and tackle. A convenient replacement for boat that had the optional factory adjustable backstay installed.
Many different manufactures offer versions of adjustable backstay "cars". They typically feature a combination of four small diameter sheaves. None have ball bearings. The two wire blocks in our system feature large 2" diameter sheaves to minimize bending of the bridle wires, high load composite bearings and side load ball bearings between the sheave and side plates.
The fiddle blocks also feature ball bearings on all sheaves to compliment their robust stainless steel construction.
This low friction hardware means that when you ease the adjuster line, the backstay adjuster will easily rise and release backstay tension as desired.
• Fiddle block with becket and cam cleat
• Fiddle block
• (2) Wire blocks
• Stainless steel ring
• This kit also includes an additional shackle to allow attaching the fiddle block with cam cleat to the backstay chainplate.
• Diameter: 5/16"
• Length: 25'
• Construction: Double braid continuous strand line without mill splices
• Fiber: Dacron Polyester cover, w/ Polyester core
• Stretch: Very low stretch
• Color: White with red marker
To prevent the line from twisting or binding when used in a cascade or mainsheet system this block is supplied with a feature to lock the rotation of the shackle that is on top of the body of the block. With the use of an Allen wrench, tighten the set screw to lock the shackle in position. When used as a swiveling block, ensure the set screw is not tightened and the swiveling shackle can self-align to find the fairest lead.
The length of this line is based on the original factory specifications. However, the previous owner, like Captain Jack Sparrow, may have had an entirely different idea about how to rig a boat! Please confirm this is the correct length for your particular boat. We cut it from a long length and can't splice it back together again. Your order cannot be canceled, returned or exchanged, but, like Jack, you may have a different idea of what you can use it for!