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Choosing Accessories for your Harken 150 Cam Cleat | Expert Advice

 The Harken 150 is the gold standard in cam cleats and by far our #1 seller. It is great as a stand-alone and if combined with the available accessories can suit most low to moderately loaded line holding needs on your boat. The benefits to a cam cleat (two spring loaded ‘cams’ come together to hold the line) are numerous and the ability to adjust the line easily and release the line quickly make the Harken 150 great for things like jib sheets, travelers, mainsheet, backstays on […]

Clutch Issues that Cause Sailboat Halyard Slippage | Expert Advice

So you have a high tech halyard line on your boat already and you still seem to lose halyard tension over the course of the day? The first place to look is the way you secure your halyard. On most boats bigger than 25-30’ this will be a standard clutch. We will primarily talk here about boats with standard clutches as opposed to cam cleats or a horn cleat. I should also mention here that I’m primarily talking about upwind halyards here. Downwind halyards […]

How to Lash a Harken T2 Ti-Lite Soft Attach Block | Expert Advice

Here, an APS Rigger shows you how to properly lash a soft attach Harken T2 block using an APS Dyneema Shackle Loop (DSL). Background: Harken’s T2 Soft Attach Blocks represent the first blocks with no fasteners, rivets, or other metal parts – making them incredibly light. These blocks paired with soft shackles will give you lightweight, high performance without compromising strength. Whether you call them soft shackles, softies, or loops – it’s clear that spliced Dyneema shackles are quickly becoming the norm […]

How Harken Track is Custom Bent to Order | Expert Advice

Etchells and certain catamaran sailors order Harken track from APS and need it bent to follow cabin house curves or boom radii. We had one such order recently, and asked track guru Bam to show us how it is done. Above, you see him working to manipulate a track on what we’ve dubbed, “The Track Bending Machine.” Note, track is slightly flexible, and you can make very minor bends when installing it. However, when it comes to bends that are […]

APS Dyneema Shackle Loops (DSLs) | Expert Review

Often called soft shackles, softies, or loops – Spliced Dyneema Shackles are quickly becoming the norm on high performance race boats. Their safe working load-to-weight ratio was a popular characteristic that landed these puppies on an America’s Cup boat holding the mainsheet to a padeye. Sailors like these loops because they are extremely light, they won’t scratch up the boat, and besides looking slick – they’re flexible and can be fastened just about anywhere. Soft shackles can replace traditional shackles […]

Battle of the Bullet Blocks

40mm Sailboat Block Comparison | Expert Advice

It has been way too long since APS did a proper comparison test of products. (We will get on that shortly, performance racers!) In the meantime, we give it up to Practical Sailor for getting into the nitty gritty of the top ball/roller bearing bullet blocks around. The Ball Bearing Block 40mm Single Tie On and 40mm Single Swivel by Seldén win the honor of Best Choice. It’s necessary to subscribe to Practical Sailor for the full run down. However, […]

Selden’s Reversible Winches

Selden Reversible Winches | Expert Advice

During the Annapolis Sailboat show we got to sit down with some of the fine folks at Selden and one thing we learned was that they too are entering the winch game. Although we didn”t get to see one in person we learned that the engineers at Selden have not only designed an entire winch range from the ground up but that they have also designed a manually operated winch with a reverse feature that offers a unique advantage for […]

Tylaska Locking Snap Shackle and Spring Loaded Clevis Pins feature image

Tylaska Locking Snap Shackle and Spring Loaded Clevis Pins | Expert Advice

Favorite vendors, friends and customers both old and new, the Annapolis Boat Show is the place we see them all. It”s also the time and place we get to see some new and unique products. This year I got to catch up with Tim and Dianne from Tylaska and, as usual, they didn”t disappoint me and they had something new and unique to show me. Check these out… On the left you”ll see what looks like a standard snap shackle. […]