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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 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 Terminate Lines With a Rope Cutter | Expert Advice

One of the cleanest ways to cut Dyneema or polyester ropes is to use a Rope Cutter. Alternatives, as seen in my last video, work great if you’re on the dock or racing—but the hot knife is ideal for terminating sailboat lines at home. We always recommend using a permanent solution like an End Whip, but realize this isn’t always practical. A neat characteristic of polyester rope is that when it burns, the strands fuse together. This makes for a great end on a double […]

How to Terminate Line Ends with Shink Whip | Expert Advice

Sailboat control lines come in all different kinds – single braids, double brands, and blends of Vectran, Dyneema, and polyester. What you may have found out the hard way (in some cases) is that these lines don’t all behave the same way when hit with a Hot Knife or lighter and that sometimes it isn’t practical to make a permanent termination with an End Whip, although this is always our recommended method. We’ve broken it down for you into a few simple DIY ways to keep your line […]

How to use a Luggage Tag Eye Splice | Expert Advice

The luggage tag eye splice. Have no rigging idea what that means? Read on…  The luggage tag eye is a longer eye splice than the standard eye. It has a few advantages, the most important one is that we do not directly splice to the shackle or attachment point so we can splice the rigging here in Annapolis.Attach it to your boat wherever you may be without us having to ship a rigger to you (this gets expensive when you include the freight, beer, and […]

How to Whiplock Line Ends | Expert Advice

It’s a rainy afternoon here in Annapolis. A day you can’t get out on the water or work in the yard shouldn’t be wasted away.  Here are some great indoor projects to keep you going on days like these… Learn to do a Standard Whiplock: This video by the APS rigging department will show you how to accomplish your own whiplock end for your running rigging. What tools and supplies will you need? Some line Whipping Twine Needles