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First Look: Ronstan Series 30 Orbit Blocks

Ronstan Series 30 Orbit Blocks | Expert Review

Update: The Series 30 Ronstan Orbit Blocks are now available on our website. Ronstan has “officially” released the Series 30 Orbit Blocks today; they’ve been advertised a little already and they were on the Ronstan website last week (maybe longer). Anyway, we’re working on getting them up on the site. Just like a Wendy’s menu, you have the traditional singles, doubles and triples in the Series 30 line. Incidentally, how does someone order a biggie-sized triple hamburger meal and have […]

A Look at the APS Rigging Department | APS Advisor

I thought this would be a great time to show everyone a little behind the scenes look at our rigging department here at APS. All the custom rigging we produce from the split-bridle mainsheets to stripped halyards to life lines is made right in our shop. Our two dedicated riggers – John Lund our rigging manager and his team – make everything we send out. Our rigging shop has measuring tapes laid out on the work benches so the riggers […]

Hands On: Weather/Wind References, Part II

Wind Stretegy Book | Expert Review

For the second installment in my look at books to help your “pump up” your wind/weather game, I’m going to take on the only other book that I feel is in the leauge of North U’s “Weather for Sailors”. Other examples of pumping up: Reebok Pumps, a terrible Christian Slater movie & Hanz and Franz. “Wind Strategy” by David Houghton and Fiona Campbell was kind of a surprise for me. I can’t really explain why I expected less from the […]

Hands On: Ronstan Trapeze Harnesses

Ronstan Race & Sailing Trapeze Harness | Expert Review

Last week our Ronstan rep Ben sent us a few of the brand new trapeze harnesses Ronstan has just come out with. There are two models – the standard(above) and the race (below). They’re not ground breaking but these are well built harnesses at a pretty decent price. I tried both harnesses on here in the shop (we have a trap wire mounted to the rope rack). They’re both comfortable and both have a pretty standard spreader bar arrangement with […]

LP XD Laser tiller, red and black at an angle

Laser Performance XD Tiller and Tiller Extension | Expert Review

We’ve been sending out our first shipments of the new Laser Performance XD Carbon Laser Tiller and the XD Carbon Tiller Extension over the past week, making it the perfect time for a review. (Note: For those of you not familiar with the relatively new “XD” tag being used with Lasers, it refers to Laser Performance’s most tricked out racing package. LP is now selling Standard, Race and XD models of the Laser — all three have the same hull, […]

Book Suggestions

Racing Rules of Sailing Book Suggestions | Expert Advice

See all these books here. It’s December and with that flip of the calendar many of you will be putting away your sailing gear to turn your attention to holiday parties, finding the right gift and not looking fat in that winter parka (we suggest vertical stripes). And while it would be easy to replace the time you normally spent on-the-water with football games, snow tires and your family (you know, trivial things…), I’d humbly submit that you should carve […]

Choosing Sailing Hiking Pants |Expert Advice

The other day a friend of mine asked me about getting a pair of hikers for sailing his Thistle. We sell a number of different types of hikers and the price spread across the choices is fairly wide. “So which ones should I get?”, he wanted to know. It’s a pretty fair question I think. Hikers are something you don’t “have” to get but they sure make life a lot more comfortable on a lot of boats. There are a […]

My Favorite Cold Weather Gear: Gore-Tex Socks

My Favorite Cold Weather Gear: Gore-Tex Socks | Expert Advice

Newsflash: it’s getting cold out. While winter doesn’t technically start until December 21st, Mother Nature held a dandy of a dress rehearsal last weekend. The temperature never broke 50° on Sunday and the wind gusts topped out over 30 knots. Now, I went to a public school, so I’ve never been really good with numbers, but I think that put the feel-like temperature somewhere around -79°. Yeah, yeah… call these guys: Anyways, Sunday’s are a busy day on the water […]