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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 Install Stand Up Springs & Boots on a Block | Expert Advice

What are Stand Up Springs & Boots? Common sailboat block accessories, stand up springs and boots are meant to keep a block upright. Metal springs come tapered or straight in various sizes to fit a range of blocks. Stand up boots made of PVC are offered in large and small sizes and black or gray. After installation when the line running through the block is slack, the block will not collapse on its attachment point (deck of the boat, traveler car, etc…). Why […]

How to Coil & Stow Braided Lines & Ropes | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS. I’m here to show you how to coil braided line the correct way and the incorrect way. The Incorrect Way to Coil Line I’ve got a piece of 3/8” double braid here. This would be ideal for a halyard. I’m simulating a shackle on the end. Always start with the working end, where the hardware is or where the jacket is stripped. I’m going to do what I think most people typically think is […]

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 […]

Personal Packing List for Offshore Racing | Expert Advice

Customer Service team member, Andrew, tells us what’s in his gear bag for a distance ocean race. Offshore racing is one of my favorite ways to compete in this great sport, and it’s even better when you end up somewhere tropical. We field dozens of calls and questions for ordering offshore gear here at APS, especially during the warmer months. As someone who’s had the pleasure of sailing Annapolis to Newport, Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda, I thought I would […]

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 […]

How to Replace a Tiller Extension Rubber Universal | Expert Advice

Sailing season is back in full swing, and it’s that time again to replace the old, worn out Tiller Universal. Too often I see a race or pleasure cruisers day ruined when a universal joint fails. Don’t let this happen to you: examine often and replace early! Watch the video and learn how to remove the old tiller universal, drill out the new one, and install the pin for a sleek and secure fit. Tools you will need: NEW Universal Replacement Hammer Punch or […]