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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 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 […]

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 […]

Clutch Issues that Cause Sailboat Halyard Slippage | Expert Advice

So you have a high tech halyard line on your boat already and you still seem to lose halyard tension over the course of the day? The first place to look is the way you secure your halyard. On most boats bigger than 25-30’ this will be a standard clutch. We will primarily talk here about boats with standard clutches as opposed to cam cleats or a horn cleat. I should also mention here that I’m primarily talking about upwind halyards here. Downwind halyards […]

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Line Issues that Cause Sailboat Halyard Slippage | Expert Advice

  Halyard Line Slip. This problem effects nearly all sailors (unless you have a wing).  The next few installments of the Stern Scoop will take a look into what issues cause the slipping and ways to remedy. So you have a halyard line that seems to slip, ey? There are a number of factors we can look at to determine what the issue is… First is to understand the difference between halyard stretch and halyard slip.. Why is halyard stretch important? Halyard tension affects […]

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

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Continuous Line Splice Used for Code Zero Furler | Expert Advice

APS Continuous Splice + Karver Code Zero Furler + Samson MLX 1/4″= SeaCart 30 Furling Greatness! What’s cool about a continuous splice is the fact that it’s essential for the line diameter to be uniform throughout the splice – especially in this application so it will function properly in the furler. Why’d the boat choose Samson MLX for the task? Most likely because it’s a really nice line to handle. Seriously, the polyester cover jacket has a great feel, and […]