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How to Choose and Use Sailboat Snap Shackles | Expert Advice

Snap shackles come in a variety of sizes and configurations, and are generally used for halyards, sheets, guys, and tack lines, along with a few specialty applications.  The beauty of a snap shackle is the easy open and release function. Let’s take a closer look. HOW DOES IT WORK A few basic components are found on every snap shackle. The hinged bail, the shackle body bail to which your line is attached, a spring loaded plunger pin with a pull […]

Sailboat Blocks Explained | Expert Advice

In sailing, hardware pulleys are referred to as ‘blocks.’ Blocks are used to create purchase systems, increase mechanical advantage or redirect and guide lines (ropes). There are many different configurations, attachments and design functionalities in the world of sailing blocks today. Parts of a Basic Block Bushing- Lining for sheave. Transfers load from the sheave to the cheeks. Sheave- Wheel with groove for rope to run on. Cheek- Encloses the sheave. Transfers the load to the straps/strop Strap or Strop- Lays on […]

How to Measure the Length of Sailboat Halyards | Expert Advice

Hi. This is Kyle from APS and I’m here to show you how to measure halyards on a keelboat. You would need to do this if you don’t have your boat’s measurements, or if you’re racing and you don’t have access to your one-design measurements, or you just simply want to measure these right on the boat. Measuring Tape Attachment All you’re going to need is a 100-foot fiberglass tape measure.  You don’t want to be using a metal one […]