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Coastal Sailing Foul Weather Gear Explained

Coastal sailing presents a unique set of conditions. Here you will learn about what coastal sailing foul weather gear is designed for in terms of the type of sailing and the type of weather conditions it will withstand. Coastal Sailing Weather Conditions: Generally speaking, coastal sailing foul weather gear is designed to be worn for days at a time while providing you protection and comfort. It is ideal for short to medium distance passage making, and overnight distance racing and cruising. Not as […]

Guide to Choosing an Inflatable PFD | Expert Advice

Why choose an inflatable life jacket? Traditional life jackets use inherently buoyant materials, such as foam (or Kapok), to keep the wearer afloat. Inflatable life jackets, as their name indicates, use inflatable bladders to provide buoyancy. Inflatable life jackets are less bulky than traditional life jackets and more comfortable to wear. When not inflated, the bladder is compact and lightweight. Inflatables come in a variety of performance ratings. Many are USCG approved while some carry European certifications instead. The specific USCG rating of life jacket […]

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 Install and Remove Sailboat Halyards | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS and I’m going to show you how to properly install and remove sailboat halyards that are run internally in the mast on a keelboat. Identifying Halyard End Types When you’re getting ready to either install or to remove a halyard, the first thing we have to do is know what kind of end we’re working with. In this case it’s just cut and whipped and in this case they’ve had a reeving, or a […]

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 […]