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Measuring and Replacing Sailboat Lifelines | Expert Advice

Lifeline Components How do Lifelines Work Lifelines work as a last resort system to keep a person on board a boat.  In the most extreme instance, imagine someone being washed by a wave from one side of the boat, across the deck and into the lifelines on the other side.  This can generate tremendous loads in the many thousands of pounds; therefore lifeline systems must be able to withstand high dynamic load and translate it directly to the stern and […]

How to Measure the Diameter of Braided Line | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS. I’m going to show you how to measure the diameter of braided line properly with high confidence on both used line and brand new line. Line Diameters are Nominal Values Okay, the first thing we need to do is set our expectations around line diameters for braided lines. Line measurements are nominal values. That is to say that the list of diameters are approximations. Things that contribute to the diameter of a line would […]

How to Install and Remove Sailboat Halyards | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS and I’m going to show you how to properly install and remove halyards that are run internally in the mast on a keelboat. Identifying Halyard End Types When you’re getting ready to either install or to remove a halyard, the first thing we have to do is know what kind of end we’re working with. In this case it’s just cut and whipped and in this case they’ve had a reeving, or a Flemish […]

How to Measure the Length of Sailboat Halyards | Expert Advice

Hi. This is Kyle from APS and I’m here to show you how to measure halyards on a keelboat. You would need to do this if you don’t have your boat’s measurements, or if you’re racing and you don’t have access to your one-design measurements, or you just simply want to measure these right on the boat. Measuring Tape Attachment All you’re going to need is a 100-foot fiberglass tape measure.  You don’t want to be using a metal one […]

How to Measure Sailboat Turnbuckle Swage Studs | Expert Advice

We are going to show you how to measure imperial (non-metric) turnbuckle swage stud sizes for standing rigging (shrouds, forestays, backstays…) and life line terminations.  The following will be measured and used to specify replacement studs or turnbuckles: Stud diameter Wire diameter Thread Length Thread Count Right or Left hand threads Tools: The only tool you will need is a set of calipers.  Using a ruler to measure is not accurate enough if you want to be 100% sure. Instructions: […]

How to Measure Sailboat Wire Rigging | Expert Advice

Watch our video and read these instructions to learn how to measure sailboat wire rigging properly from bearing surface to bearing surface.  What you will need: Two people. A no-stretch measuring tape (we prefer steel or fiberglass) at least as long as the rigging you will be measuring. A small diameter, fixed anchor point and a flat surface to work on (eg. A nail or screw in a dock or on a long tool bench)or a small screwdriver. Do not […]

How to Terminate a Line with a Flemish Eye | APS Advisor

Learn how to do a Flemish Eye for your halyard chase from the APS rigging department.  Use this for attaching a messenger line when removing halyards from your mast, and for running new halyards with a messenger line already in the mast. .

How to Make a Handle for Sailboat Control Lines | Expert Advice

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold. They called the Ghostbusters and they’re in control. Bobby Brown sure knew about lyrics, and handling business but I’m guessing he didn’t know much about making a control line handle for performance sailboats. Thankfully, I know a bit more about that subject, well, the control line subject that is.. Making a braided control line handle is easier than you may think and super useful for any control line that you want to grip quickly and […]