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How to Choose & Optimize Sailboat Clutches

Clutches are designed to hold highly loaded lines that can be hauled in and released with the aid of a winch.  Choosing the proper clutch for a given application on a sailboat is determined by two main criteria: Line Diameter Maximum Line Load Holding Rating Additionally, there are other factors which can affect a clutches’ performance and influence which you may choose.  In this article, we will walk you through how a clutch works, how to choose a clutch, and […]

How to Choose a Sailboat Winch Handle

Winches on sailboats are powerful and compact internally gear driven tools that allow you to haul in and hold lines under high loads manually, by a single person.  Winches will have their size stamped on the top of the drum, ex. 20, 35, 40, and so on.  This number indicates the power ratio. For example – a #35 winch will provide a 35:1 mechanical advantage.  Say you have a winch handle inserted into the top of the winch and you […]

How to Choose Furlers for Reaching Sails on Cruising Sailboats

Reaching Sail Furler Options for Cruising Sailboats Sails built for the sole purpose of reaching, or sailing off the wind, offer a range of powered up sailing for cruisers. Paired with a furler, these sails are easy to handle and maximize your boat speed (especially in light air). The two types of furlers for cruising reaching sails are: Bottom up furlers for straight luffed Cruising Code 0 sails Top down furlers for free flying a-symmetrical spinnakers SHOP ALL FURLERS Advantages […]

Basic Sailboat Cleats Explained | Expert Advice

Cleats are fittings to which a line is secured, either temporarily or permanently.  We are going to explain the seven main cleat types found on sailboats, and some of their uses: Horn Cleats Self-Jamming Horn Cleats Cam Cleats Double Cam Cam Cleats Clam Cleats V Cleats Lance Cleats SHOP ALL CLEATS Horn Cleats Primary Uses: Anchoring, mooring and docking a boat.  Also classically use on the mast to secure halyards. Sizes: Line diameters: 3/32” – 2”+ Horn cleats are most […]

How to Coil & Stow Braided Lines & Ropes | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS. I’m here to show you how to coil braided line the correct way and the incorrect way. The Incorrect Way to Coil Line I’ve got a piece of 3/8” double braid here. This would be ideal for a halyard. I’m simulating a shackle on the end. Always start with the working end, where the hardware is or where the jacket is stripped. I’m going to do what I think most people typically think is […]

Guide to Choosing Foul Weather Gear | Expert Advice

Choosing Foul Weather Gear for Sailing Selecting the correct foul weather gear is essential to remain dry and comfortable in just about any weather and sailing conditions.  With so many options available it is key to match the type and duration of sailing you will be doing and the conditions you will encounter to the gear you choose so that you are not over or under protected.   Information covered in this article: What is foul weather gear? What is […]