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How to Tie a Cleat Hitch, Three Ways

Tying a line to a cleat should be easy and secure, but walk down any dock and you will be amazed at the creative ways lines are ‘secured’ to cleats.  We will show you the correct and the incorrect ways to secure a line to a horn cleat using a cleat hitch.  You might be surprised what you learn, even if you’re ‘salty.’ Half Wrap Cleat Hitch This is most commonly seen as the standard cleat hitch in North America, […]

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 […]

Fitting Tips for Sailing Shoes & Boots | Expert Advice

  Whether you’re walking around town in your sailing shoes, dinghy sailing with hiking or trapeze boots or sailing in tall offshore boots, footwear that fit correctly are essential for the overall comfort of your feet.  The following tips and techniques are designed to help you get a good fit. Find Your Shoe or Boot Size Don’t forget.  Feet do change size and shape over time, so if you haven’t had your’s measured in awhile, it’s a good idea, especially […]

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: […]