Tackle & Handy Billy from Duncan Wells


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Tackle & Handy Billy from Duncan Wells


Harken tackle comes with Kong Tango locking gate carabiners on either end, which are perfect for whacking at what you want to attach them to and which cannot open accidentally – like snap shackles can.

The tackle & handy billy comes with a silk at either end to tie round the falls by the block to stop the block inverting and thus tangling. We recommend stowing the tackle fully extended, coiled into a bucket, ready to deploy. Other tackles may have velcro wraps for this but you need two hands to undo velcro. They attach our silks with a turn round the falls and then into a bow.

You can undo a bow with one hand. Remember our MOB retrieval set up is designed for just one person to manage – the person perhaps who is left alone on the boat.

The tackle that Harken make for Duncan Wells has been tested for lifting people. These tests are much more stringent than the tests that blocks will undergo, for a main sheet system for example. The Harken tackle has been tested to the breaking strain of its weakest component.


The break load is 1700Kg – this is then divided by 10 to give a Safe Working Load of 170Kg. A safe working load is a load that rates something for daily use. With our Harken tackle we hope never to use it at all, never mind daily.



Not sure what MOB Equipment you need?

If you would like to come along and see our selection of MOB Equipment, please feel free to visit or to contact us

A member of our friendly team will happily assist you with your choice in products.

*Excluding bank holidays



Delivery Information

Delivery: Standard First-Class Royal Mail Delivery

Click & Collect: Collect in person from the Suffolk Marine Safety Shop or from one of our Collection & Drop Off Points* which you can select at checkout.

Collection Information

We advise you to call us when selecting a collection point to pre-arrange the collection of your order.

Click & Collect from the Suffolk Marine Safety shop is FREE of charge, and available weekdays from 8:30-17:30.

Various charges apply for marina collection points and subject to availability – please call us to prearrange Collection Point Drop off 01473 833010

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