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How to Size Dinghy Sailing Boots for Women | Expert Advice

We know shopping for women’s sailing gear can be a pain, but we today we have some tips and tricks to make shopping for dinghy boots a bit easier for you. For women, one especially difficult piece of gear to size is a good pair of Dinghy Boots. The material and styling of dinghy boots plus the difference between men’s and women’s sizing  can make for quite the headache! We can help you with each of these factors. Though in […]

Which Mast Harness is Right for you? Bosun’s Chair or Climbing Harness | Expert Advice

Going up the mast doesn’t have to be scary or difficult! Take the scary and the difficult out of the equation with two options; a Bosun’s Chair, or a Mast Harness. To know which option will work for you depends on how long you will be up the rig, and where the boat is when the need occurs. If you are just doing some quick fixes, or you’re in “race mode” on stand-by to fly up the mast, a Mast Climbing Harness is […]

How to Convert an Automatic Spinlock Life Jacket to Manual Inflation | Expert Advice

When choosing an inflatable automatic life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual activation to control when inflation occurs and to prevent accidental  inflation in wet/extreme conditions. From Coastal Cruising to offshore sailing, Spinlock Deckvest 5D Pro Sensor  is the perfect candidate for these applications as it utilizes the UML Pro Sensor inflation. This activation system is water and moisture sensitive that uses a compressed paper capsule which dissolves when wet, which then releases a spring […]

What is a Softshell Jacket? | Expert Advice

2-layer jacket, 3-layer jacket, Gore-Tex jacket, DWR coating, Hardshell jacket, softshell jacket… You hear a lot of buzz words thrown around when it comes to foul weather gear and technical outdoor clothing in general, but what does it all mean?! Today we’re going to talk specifically about Softshell Jackets. What are they? What are they not? ‘Softshell’ is a type of material that used most often to make jackets, but also shorts, vests and pants. What is a Softshell Jacket? Softshell Jackets are typically soft and smooth […]

Comparing Dinghy Boots: Rubber or Neoprene | Expert Advice

Not sure what type of dinghy boot is right for you?  Don’t worry APS can help! The two most popular types are Neoprene or waterproof. Neoprene boots have a zippered closure, velcro zipper keeper, and tend to be more flexible which allows a thicker than normal sock to be worn without cramping the foot. The waterproof boots typically have a lace-up closure, are more rigid, and hold moisture just as well as it keeps the water out. Type Materials Construction Closure Primary Use Waterproof […]

How to Convert the Spinlock Deckvest Lite from Automatic to Manual | Expert Advice

    When choosing an inflatable life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual firing to prevent accidental inflation in wet conditions. If you are an avid inshore sailor or power boater, stand up paddler (SUP) or kayaker, the Spinlock USCG Deckvest Lite is the perfect candidate for these applications. The conversion from auto to manual inflation is very simple.  The first thing you will need is your Deckvest LITE, as well as the Manual Conversion Kit specifically made […]

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 […]

How to Renew Water Repellency to your Foul Weather Gear | Expert Advice

We love that foul weather rain gear keeps us dry while allowing moisture to escape but because of these two key features, its unfortunately not built to last forever. If it was it would be as stiff as a board and wouldn’t breathe at all. Actually it would be a lot like foul weather gear 30 years ago. Fortunately waterproofing technology has come a long way since then and we have a few tricks to offer that will help your waterproof rain gear stay […]