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APS Pro Spinnaker Launching Bag | Expert Advice

8/2016 NOTE: This product is temporarly unavailable. We can’t promise that you’ll have the perfect leeward mark rounding, but we can reduce the many excuses for why the spinnaker is functioning as a helicopter outside the bag as you’re headed upwind! Our new Pro Spinnaker Launching Bag is deep enough and slightly tapered at the bottom so the kite does not blow back out when you pack it in. The bag features battens on all four sides of the opening […]

Hands On: Holt Nautos XR Clutch

Holt Nautos XR Line Clutch | Expert Review

NOTE: This product is no longer available.  Check our our complete line of clutches here. From Holt Nautos is their line of XR rope clutches. It’s available in two sizes and features an innovative double action cam system that offers greater leverage for both opening and closing the clutch. Both sizes (creatively named the XR1 & XR2) are available in singles, doubles, triples, and quads. Here are the basic specs for these clutches: Clutch Line Diam. SWL Hole Spacing Weight […]

Equiplite NSM Connector

Equiplite NSM Soft Shackles | Expert Advice

I expect a lot of people are familiar with Equiplite’s soft shackles. For a while now they’ve been making a number of different lightweight, super strong shackles and blocks. The most commonly used ones in my experience are their J-lock style non-swiveling connectors. They function just like a J-lock but they don’t bang up the rigging and they weight much less. Now Equiplite has come out with a line of non-swiveling connectors with an eye at the racer/cruiser market for […]

Ronstan Orbit Blocks vs. Harken Blocks | Expert Advice

This year Ronstan released new smaller (20 and 30 mm) sizes of their Orbit blocks. They’re pretty nifty blocks and as with any new introduction into the realm of marine hardware they beg the question – are they better? Our very own Rob Beach set about answering that question and came up with a whole bunch of numbers for us to crunch. We set about comparing the new 20 and 30mm Orbit blocks with the comparable Harken and older Ronstan […]

Laser ACC Regatta Wrapup and Harken Block Test Drive

Harken Laser Blocks Tested | Expert Advice

The Laser ACC (Atlantic Coast Championship) regatta was held this past weekend one block from our APS offices at the Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The Laser Radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the Laser 4.7 winner was Mary Hall. Here in the US a Laser […]

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks | Expert Review

In last weeks blog post you had a First Look at the new Harken Laser Blocks that should be available at the end of the month. Since then we’ve had a bunch of people pre-order them already, so kudos to you early adopters! Thankfully, within the last few days I’ve managed to get my hands on a set of these babies and install them on my own Laser. I took them out for a spin during the weeknight racing we […]

Harken Laser Traveler & Boom Blocks, a First Look

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks First Look | Expert Review

If you”re a Laser sailor you”ve probably heard rumors about Harken Laser Blocks for a while now. The class authorized new blocks manufactured by Harken a little while ago but we”re only just now getting confirmation that they”re in the manufacturing process. These new blocks will be available as a set containing the traveler blocks and both boom blocks as well as rivets to attach the boom blocks. The set will sell for $95 – or at least that”s what […]

It’s all ball bearings these days…

Brolga Ball Bearing Turnbuckles | Expert Review

Imagine yourself tuning up pre-start going to weather in about 20 knots. You find yourself a tad slower and lower than your partner and want to make a rig adjustment. Ok, what next? Stop the boat? Go downwind? Swear because you can’t find the tools that are supposed to always be in the same port sheet bag only this time they aren’t? Finally, find the tools then bash your knuckles about while hoping you’re turning the “right” direction only to […]