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How to Choose Sailing Shorts | Expert Advice

Sailing requires shorts that are specifically designed to properly deal with a wet environment, abrasive deck surfaces, and the bumps and bruises that can occur while moving about the boat.  They need to have reinforced seats, made of fabrics that are fast drying and offer optional seat and leg padding.  We will review with you the features to consider when choosing a new pair of sailing shorts and some practical suggestions on undergarments and care. Materials Fast Drying – Sailing […]

How to Tie a Cleat Hitch, Three Ways

Tying a line to a cleat should be easy and secure, but walk down any dock and you will be amazed at the creative ways lines are ‘secured’ to cleats.  We will show you the correct and the incorrect ways to secure a line to a horn cleat using a cleat hitch.  You might be surprised what you learn, even if you’re ‘salty.’ Half Wrap Cleat Hitch This is most commonly seen as the standard cleat hitch in North America, […]

How to Choose Light Inshore Sailing Foul Weather Gear

What is Light Inshore Sailing? Light Inshore sailing occurs in more protected waters like lakes, rivers, and bays and is generally considered day sailing. The jackets and pants in this category are waterproof and breathable, and are good for the rain and spray you may encounter while near-shore sailing.  These jackets feature short height collars and some with storable hoods. What’s the difference between Inshore & Light Inshore Foul Weather Gear? Ultimately these share many similarities, but the main differences […]

Laser Dolly Options and How to Assemble Them | Expert Advice

  Looking for a Laser dolly? Not sure which one is right for you and for that matter, how the heck do you assemble them? Well, have no fear, we’ve got two great options to choose from and we’ll get to the assembling part a little later. What are your dolly options? When it comes to One Design Dollies there are two main brands to choose from; the Seitech Laser Dolly and the Dynamic Laser Dolly.  Both are well constructed with lightweight […]

How to Convert Your Dolly Wheels from Standard to Large | Expert Advice

  A Dinghy Dolly is a great way to store and move your small sailboat, kayak, canoe, inflatable dinghy and more around on smooth, firm terrain, but in loose sand and mud, it can be a bit of a workout!  Upgrading your Dynamic Dollies or Seitech brand dolly to larger wheels can mean the difference between hassle free boat launching, and having to call in back up every time you go for a sail. There is a solution to this and […]

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Dollies, Racks, and Hoists for Small Boat Transport and Storage

      Enjoy using your dinghy sailboat, kayak, canoe, SUP, or inflatable dinghy on the water by making sure storing and moving them is easy and convenient.    Moving a boat on land to water – launching and recovering – is made easy with a hand dolly.  No heavy trailers or hooking up a car to deal with.  Hand towed boat dollies are light weight, and easy to maneuver by a single person across most any terrain.  Dollies are boat […]

How to Choose Inshore Sailing Foul Weather Gear

Choosing Inshore Foul Weather Gear Inshore sailing occurs in more protected waters like lakes, rivers, and bays and is generally considered day sailing. The jackets and trousers in the inshore sailing foul weather gear category are waterproof and breathable, and perfect for rain and spray you may encounter while near-shore sailing.  These jackets feature short to medium height collars and stowable hoods. Inshore Sailing Weather Conditions: Inshore gear will keep you dry all day long in poor weather, though it […]

Measuring and Replacing Sailboat Lifelines | Expert Advice

Lifeline Components How do Lifelines Work Lifelines work as a last resort system to keep a person on board a boat.  In the most extreme instance, imagine someone being washed by a wave from one side of the boat, across the deck and into the lifelines on the other side.  This can generate tremendous loads in the many thousands of pounds; therefore lifeline systems must be able to withstand high dynamic load and translate it directly to the stern and […]