APS - Annapolis Performance Sailing

logo

Tag : How To’s

How to Replace a Latex Neck Seal on a Dry Suit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Home replacement of a neck dry suit seal is easy if you have the right tools. Follow these directions for a no fuss installation. What do You Need? A new replacement neck seal Sharp scissors Wax paper Masking tape Plastic putty spatula Latex gloves (optional) Cotol 240 cleaner & accelerant (optional) Aquaseal adhesive Sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) Newspaper Neck Seal Replacement Kit consisting of: Large cup 6 x spring […]

How to Replace a Latex Wrist and Bootie Seals on a Dry Suit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Home replacement of a wrist or bootie (sock) dry suit seal is easy if you have the right tools. Follow these directions for a no fuss installation. What do You Need? A new replacement bootie (sock) or wrist seal(s) Sharp scissors Duct tape Plastic putty spatula Latex gloves (optional) Aquaseal adhesive Cotol 240 cleaner & accelerant (optional) Sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) Wrist & Bootie Seal Replacement Kit consisting of: […]

How to Clean and Lubricate a Sailing Dry Suit Zipper

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Proper zipper maintenance for your dry suit will extend life and quality of the suit. We will show you how to: Lubricate a zipper Clean a zipper Zipper Types There are two basic types of waterproof sippers used on sailing dry suits.  The brass tooth zipper (or gas zipper) has been around for over 50+ years and is hard wearing, but not a flexible as a plastic zipper.  The […]

How to Put on a Sailing Dry Suit and Determine Proper Fit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suits Put your sailing dry suit on with ease by following just a few simple steps. Insulation – Under Layers First, you need to put on your under layers. A thin base layer for transporting perspiration from the surface of your skin to the second layer, the mid layer.  Mid layers should be one or two layers and a mix of mid-weight to heavyweight fleece.  This colder the weather, the more and heavier […]

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: […]