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How to Convert Your Dolly Wheels from Standard to Large | Expert Advice

  A Dinghy Dolly is a great way to store and move your small sailboat, kayak, canoe, inflatable dinghy and more around on smooth, firm terrain, but in loose sand and mud, it can be a bit of a workout!  Upgrading your Dynamic Dollies or Seitech brand dolly to larger wheels can mean the difference between hassle free boat launching, and having to call in back up every time you go for a sail. There is a solution to this and […]

How to use a VHF Radio – Communicating over the Airwaves

Sailing is one of those things where the modern sailor totally gets to be off the grid. You can be completely by yourself, one with nature and full of peace and quiet – often a spiritual experience. But occasionally, the sailor needs to actually know how to use a VHF Radio to effectively communicate with the outside world, whether it’s for an emergency or just to talk to other power boat or sail boats nearby. When you are out on […]

“Roger, Roger” – VHF Radios and What to Expect From Them

VHF Radio options and the What’s, the Why’s and the How’s that make them awesome. People get out on the water for all types of reasons. They set sail on a peaceful cruise to have just that, peace and quiet. Until they don’t and they need to talk to the outside world. We have several ways we can do this. For the most part, we use VHF radios to talk to other people, boats and businesses that are either on or near the water. […]

How to Put together a Club Race Committee Kit | Expert Advice

Here at APS, we have all the items necessary to get your sailing  club race committee off to a great start. The first thing a race committee will need are some Race Marks. The number/quantity you will need is dependent on the type of course you intend on running (see image below). Typically you will need about 5 to 6 marks for your start line, the weather mark and offset or gate. Now that we have some race marks, where do we put them?  To […]

How to Install and Use the Tactick Micro Compass | Expert Advice

Designed with the small keelboat and racing dinghy sailor in mind, the Tactick Micro Compass is minimalist in design and simple to use.  The true definition of less is more. Micro Compass key features include: Digital magnetic compass bearing/heading Tactical compass Countdown race timer Wireless Solar powered Waterproof (up to 10m) The Kit comes with Velcro mast mount, carrying case, a snap-in cradle that allows you to snap the Compass on and off, leaving the mount on the mast. While in use, the Micro Compass can show the Heading (magnetic bearing), Tactical […]

How to use a Rescue Knife when Sailing | Expert Advice

Having a safety rescue knife as part of your sailing gear is a small investment that offers a lot of peace of mind. Today we are taking a look at both the Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Knife and the Gill Harness Rescue Tool. The Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Rescue Knife offers an instinctual design when grabbing it to use. For quick access in an emergency, the S-Cutter can be Velcro attached (in its own Pouch) to any life jacket or harness belt. It has a lanyard that attaches to the pouch […]

How to Replace Rivets using a Hand Rivet Tool | Expert Advice

Rivets are probably one of the most commonly used fasteners on sailboats. They hold bails on masts and booms, spreader mounts, trim, and much, much, more. Unfortunately, rivets don’t last forever (they last pretty darn close though), but in the event that you need to replace one, grab your Rivet Tool, watch the video above, and we’ll show you just how easy it is. Tools Required: Safety Glasses (safety first!) Rivet Tool Rivets Caliper or Gauge for Sizing the Hole The hardware you […]

Packing Your Gear Bag for a Weight Conscious Sailboat | Expert Advice

Choosing what to bring in your gear bag when sailing isn’t really a case of right or wrong, but being aware of what you choose to bring can make a difference on a sensitive boat, especially with a large crew.  Being the one who continually brings too much gear in a bag you could fit in, we’re here to help keep your weight conscious boat and crew happy. Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you […]