APS - Annapolis Performance Sailing

logo

ACCESSORIES

How to Install and Use the Tactick Micro Compass | Expert Advice

Designed with the small keelboat and racing dinghy sailor in mind, the Tactick Micro Compass is minimalist in design and simple to use.  The true definition of less is more. Micro Compass key features include: Digital magnetic compass bearing/heading Tactical compass Countdown race timer Wireless Solar powered Waterproof (up to 10m) The Kit comes with Velcro mast mount, carrying case, a snap-in cradle that allows you to snap the Compass on and off, leaving the mount on the mast. While in use, the Micro Compass can show the Heading (magnetic bearing), Tactical […]

How to use a Rescue Knife when Sailing | Expert Advice

Having a safety rescue knife as part of your sailing gear is a small investment that offers a lot of peace of mind. Today we are taking a look at both the Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Knife and the Gill Harness Rescue Tool. The Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Rescue Knife offers an instinctual design when grabbing it to use. For quick access in an emergency, the S-Cutter can be Velcro attached (in its own Pouch) to any life jacket or harness belt. It has a lanyard that attaches to the pouch […]

How to Replace Rivets using a Hand Rivet Tool | Expert Advice

Rivets are probably one of the most commonly used fasteners on sailboats. They hold bails on masts and booms, spreader mounts, trim, and much, much, more. Unfortunately, rivets don’t last forever (they last pretty darn close though), but in the event that you need to replace one, grab your Rivet Tool, watch the video above, and we’ll show you just how easy it is. Tools Required: Safety Glasses (safety first!) Rivet Tool Rivets Caliper or Gauge for Sizing the Hole The hardware you […]

Packing Your Gear Bag for a Weight Conscious Sailboat | Expert Advice

Choosing what to bring in your gear bag when sailing isn’t really a case of right or wrong, but being aware of what you choose to bring can make a difference on a sensitive boat, especially with a large crew.  Being the one who continually brings too much gear in a bag you could fit in, we’re here to help keep your weight conscious boat and crew happy. Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you […]

Sailing Packing List for a Mid Distance Race | Expert Advice

Take a look at what made the cut for the Mid Distance Sailing Packing List As the sailing season gets back into full swing, many sailors will be gearing up for mid-distance races such as Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda — both excellent races to push personal and equipment limitations. I’m sailing the Annapolis to Bermuda.  For this race, I’ll be packing all (except for my foul weather gear, boots, and PFD) my gear into a 30 Liter gear bag for weight […]

Freestyle Mariner Watch | Expert Review

 This product is no longer avaiable, but check out other sailing watches here And GUN!  The class flag goes up; 5 minutes to the next start, and no one caught the sequence because sandwiches are still on deck!?!? Worry not, because YOU have The Mariner Watch by Freestyle.  Go ahead and start the timer, and around minute 4 you can get spot on synchronization with the tap of a button.   Yes, a sync button.  But wait there’s more… This puppy is called the […]

Product Review: CorrosionX and RejeX feature image

CorrosionX and RejeX for Sailboats | Expert Review

It’s about time to break out the boat from winter storage and start getting it ready for spring. We’ve got boat maintenance on the mind and found some interesting new products from Corrosion Technology. Originally designed for the military, these are hard-wearing, proven products. RejeX is a high gloss finish that also protects. Designed to work on any hard, non-porous surface, it’s a long-lasting substitute for wax. Also, you can say good bye to rust and corrosion with CorrosionX. With […]

Magnetic North?

What is Magnetic North? | Expert Advice

Two weeks ago, a little birdie sent this article our way. It circulated around the upstairs office at APS, and we thought something about it just didn’t jive with our understanding of magnetic north and how it affects sailors. Luckily, my fiancé might be considered an expert when it comes to such things – and I clicked it over to him for an explanation. Here’s what Ocean Engineer, Sailor, and Guest Writer Karl McLetchie has to say in response to […]