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dn splicer kit
The new D-Splicer rope splicing tool is designed to take the difficulty out of working with small diameter braided lines. The D-Splicer Kit uses a stainless needle which doubles back on itself. This way the needle can be pushed through the line and then
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Date:
2/28/2014
tale lites
Seen by one of our friends at the Chicago strictly Sail boat show last week. Tell tales with LED's for night sailing and trimming. We have seen glow in the dark tell tales From
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Date:
2/2/2014
rope wash
Over the winter the lines on your boat can get very grubby. They get wet and do not dry and in the process attract dirt. To prevent this from happening remove them from the boat and take them home to clean. Then they will be ready for the spring. Salt
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Date:
1/21/2014
J105
J/105 courtesy JBoats
Many Sailboats these days have some sort of Asymetrical Spinnaker, Gennaker or Cruising Spinnaker. These type of sails need to be tacked down forward of the stem or bow to get as far away from the mainsail to set properly. Otherwise asymmetrical sails are
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Date:
12/29/2013
swi-tec
The Swi-Tec bosuns chair is rated high by its users. Why? because of the high back and sides offering upper body support. Also the spreader bar at the front stops the comression from the halyard which squeezes the occupier. The advantage of being comfortable
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Date:
12/18/2013
jurgan
These look nice and clever Clevis pins. They should help if you are taking the rig on and off fairly often and also obviscates the need for lots of rigging tape. They look like they should be hosed down frequently so they don't get gummed up with salt. The
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Date:
11/25/2013
omer wing
Formula have developed a very unique version of a wing sail or Aero rig. The Aero rig has been around for a while. My criticism of the Aero
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Date:
11/10/2013
dutchman
For those at the Annapolis Sail Boat show, some may have seen the Dutchman sail handing system being demonstrated by Inventor Martin Van Breems. Now Van Breems has addressed another
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Date:
11/3/2013
batten adjuster
Sail battens sometimes have systems for adjusting tension, however the tension you apply is a bit of guess work Adjust hoist the sail and see how it looks. Forward sailing is a French Company who specialises in Catamarans. They come up with novel systems
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Date:
10/16/2013
loop snake
One very important factor with Top Down furlers and Code Zero furlers is the torsion rope. This is the line which connects the top and bottom swivels in lieu of solid extrusions. A torsion rope needs to resist twist so when the bottom swivel turns so does
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Date:
10/9/2013
selden
Some continuous furlers have a locking system like the karver Top Down system, but others don't. The problem is a furler which is not locked can unfurl, so you need someway of
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Date:
9/29/2013
sailtrack
Hoisting a mainsail can be hard work. Two factors; friction in the luff and the weight of the sail are making life difficult. Dropping the sail my be easier as the weight helps, but slides can still get stuck and you have to pull the luff to get the sail
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Date:
9/29/2013
Sunreef 80
Sunreef 80
Multihulls Stability curves are different from Monohull's. Monohull's have low initial form stability and a Multihull has high initial form stability. As wind speed increases Monohull's heel and as they do so righting moment increases due to form stability
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Date:
9/20/2013
twine
Most sailors are going to see a sail that needs repair at some point. The repair may be insignificant or devastating. If your just out sailing for the day, you can pull the sail off and drop it at your local sail makers drop Box and pick it up later. Sail
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Date:
9/11/2013
sail repair tape
Sails get torn, damaged and wear out over time. If your out on the water a damaged sail can be very annoying. To get you through this some basic sail repair tape can save the day. PSP a Company in the UK with worldwide distribution, have many sail repair
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Date:
9/8/2013
maffioil
If you have an interest in how ropes are made and are interested in the High tech Volvo 65 this video gives you insight into both. The Volvo 65 one design for the Volvo round the World
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Date:
8/29/2013
snuffair
Spinnakers are fun to sail with, but they unwieldy to handle. Spinnakers are large clouds of sail, and almost impossible to control by one person, until the snuffer came along. The snuffer is a sock that is pulled over the spinnaker to snuff the air out
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Date:
8/4/2013
antal
This hook from Antal allows for attaching a Barber Hauler without having to reeve the line through a ring. Traditional barber haulers like snatch blocks let you do this but since the advent of low friction rings, we went back to reeving a line. The hook
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Date:
7/28/2013
JCD Mainsheet Block Cowling
JCD Mainsheet Block Cowling
This custom HDPE (high density Polyethylene) part made by JCD attaches to your mainsheet block. It doesn't even have to be a mainsheet block, it can be any block that is in the snake pit of other control lines which are liable to being sucked in at the most
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Date:
7/21/2013
sealoc
For any racing sailboat, either keel or dinghy, shroud tension is critical. Shroud tension effects sail shape the number one factor effecting boat speed. To change shroud tension we need good adjustable turnbuckles preferable marked to help reproduce settings. There
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Date:
5/11/2013
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