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Advantages and Uses of Roller Bearing Sailboat Blocks | Expert Advice

So you may be asking yourself, Why would I need a fancy shmancy Roller Bearing Block? What makes them so special anyway? Well..we are here to show you. One of the greatest advantages of a Roller Bearing Block over a Plain or Ball Bearing Block is the low friction safe working loads.  Highly loaded lines in a Roller Bearing Block will run faster, and adjustments are much easier. Roller Bearings may not necessarily run as free as ball bearings, but they do offer a significantly higher working load. Ball […]

Advantages and Uses of a Ball Bearing Sailboat Block | Expert Advice

Today we are highlighting ball bearing blocks as part one of our three part discussion on blocks, their characteristics, and uses. So, what is a Ball Bearing Block?  In its simplest form, a ball bearing block it is a housing containing a rolling sheave with balls lining the race on the either side of the sheave.  The balls reduce friction by minimizing bearing surface and roll between the moving surface and the non-moving part of the block. Because of this, lines are able to slide […]

How to Choose and Use Soft Shackles | Expert Advice

There are dozens of shackles you can use on a boat; screw pin, key pin, trigger, J-Lock just to name a few. Recently there is a newer style of shackle that’s been added to the mix. These shackles are collectively referred to as Soft Shackles. Soft Shackles have quickly grown in popularity as the technology for low stretch line like Dyneema and Spectra have advanced. The primary benefit of this shackle is weight reduction without loss in breaking strength. The downside is diminished durability but for most people this is an acceptable trade-off. Our […]

How to Choose the Right Winch Handle Length | Expert Advice

Choosing the right winch handles can be a daunting task. Well, daunting might be a bit dramatic but there are plenty of options to choose from all of which serve a specific purpose. To help with this, we’ll break it all down for you into 3 main categories: locking vs non-locking, handle length and grip type. Winch Handle Length The most common lengths are 8” or 10”.  There can be many factors determining which is best for you but usually it comes down to […]

How to Choose a Locking vs Non-Locking Winch Handle | Expert Advice

Choosing the right winch handle can be a daunting task.  With many options to choose from, we’re breaking it out into 3 main categories: locking vs non-locking, handle length and grip type. Locking vs. Non-Locking Winch Handle First up is a non-locking handle, the Harken Non Locking Winch Handle.  With no locking mechanism, it allows you to easily take it from side to side during tacks, and remove from the winch without any buttons.  The one drawback?  Because it doesn’t lock […]

How Tylaska Spool Shackles Work | Expert Advice

While it may look like a spool for your mother’s sewing machine it most certainly is not. A Spool Shackle is yet another light-weight shackle option for sailboats looking to keep things simple and decrease weight. Unlike a conventional knots on halyards, sheets, or outhauls, a spool shackle will not jam up. It will remain easy to fasten and unfasten, even after being under high load. Spool Shackles have exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. The key to the magic of its strength is the line that you use. […]

How to Choose a Spinnaker Halyard Keeper | Expert Advice

8/2016 NOTE:The SOAK keeper is currently out of production. Every bowman has struggled with a spinnaker halyard flapping around all over the place and getting stuck behind (or in front) of the spreaders. Fortunately over the years people smarter than myself have devised several great ways to secure that pesky spin halyard from getting out of control and keeping it ready for that next windward mark spinnaker set. All three spinnaker halyard keeper options we are about to show you work better (and are […]

How to Replace a Tiller Extension Rubber Universal | Expert Advice

Sailing season is back in full swing, and it’s that time again to replace the old, worn out Tiller Universal. Too often I see a race or pleasure cruisers day ruined when a universal joint fails. Don’t let this happen to you: examine often and replace early! Watch the video and learn how to remove the old tiller universal, drill out the new one, and install the pin for a sleek and secure fit. Tools you will need: NEW Universal Replacement Hammer Punch or […]