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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 […]

How to Put on a Sailing Dry Suit | Expert Advice

A new drysuit for cold weather sailing is a big investment and knowing how to properly put it on can help preserve it’s life and your warmth for years to come.  Just follow a few simple procedures from the video above and your dry suit should live a long healthy life. A few key things to keep in mind when using and preserving your investment.  We started with the booties.  Remember to always sit down when putting the feet on.  Before you actually step […]

How to Choose the Right Type of Sailing PFD | Expert Advice

What sailing PFD is the right PFD for you? Well, that’s a great question and we’re here to help. We have put together a simple guide to understanding the different kinds PFD’s we offer and how to choose the right one for your type of sailing. Here are the sailing PFD and buoyancy aids that covered: Buoyancy Aid: Lightweight, low-profile, less bulk. These are a good option for small and sporty keel boats, like a Melges 20 or J-70. I love mine! […]

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 […]

Dry Suit Seal Maintenance with Seal Saver | Expert Advice

In this video blog you will find information on how to use McNett’s Drysuit Seal Saver. We unfortunately Seal Saver is no longer available. Instead, look to McNett’s UV Tech to provide the same great protection. UV Tech is like high-tech sunscreen for your gear. Apply it to anything that sees the light of day to keep it looking fresh, new and protected (especially those latex Dry Suit seals!). You’ll find hundreds of uses for this nontoxic and biodegradable UV protectant. […]

Warm Winter Sailing Hats | Expert Advice

As a performance sailor, you probably already know that proper warm winter sailing hats are extremely important when conditions are chilly. At APS, we have a full selection of warm hats to keep you on the water all year long. If you’re looking for simple hat that will keep you warm, you’ll want a classic knit hat, generally referred to as a “beanie”. We have a good variety of beanies at APS because they are great for both on the water and off. Sailing […]

Gill Neoprene Winter Sailing Gloves | Expert Review

Check out thee updated Gill Neoprene Winter Sailing Gloves here Gill gloves like with all winter sailing gloves are a game of trade-offs. Unfortunately, there is no true silver bullet. Historically either the gloves are warm but too thick and/or not grippy enough or they’re plenty dexterous but too thin and not warm enough for frostbiting. The gloves that do everything well tend to be really expensive. This glove has been replaced by a new Gill neoprene glove and can be found Winter sailing […]

How to Replace Laytex Dry Suit Seals | Expert Advice

Doing drysuit repair work on a once 100% waterproof garment may seem like something you can only leave to the pros, but as you will see here, it’s a pretty straight forward job. All you need is the proper drysuit repair materials and a little bit of know-how. I recently had to replace the wrist seal on my suit so I put together a video showing the steps for replacing a seal. The same technique works for any of the seals on […]