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Sailing Dry Suit Basics: What Is It & How Does It Work | Expert Advice

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suits What is a Sailing Dry Suit? These suits are waterproof, and one piece with a waterproof entry zipper, and have seals at the neck and wrists, and attached socks at the feet keep the water out.  Once inside and zipped up you can simply jump in the water and, other than your head and hands, stay completely dry. Today’s dry suits are made with waterproof-breathable fabrics allowing moisture (perspiration) to travel from […]

Comparing 75mm Harken Corbo Block Types | Expert Advice

Whether you’re a small boat sailor, or a big boat sailor you know the benefits of having blocks on loaded lines. Harken makes a wide range of blocks to fit all your needs. Three main Harken carbo blocks are the Standard Ball Bearing Block, the Ratchet Block, and the Ratchamatic Block. Why use a ratchet block? Ratchet blocks are great for when you need to control highly loaded sheets with ease. There are two types of Harken ratchet blocks, the standard Ratchet, and the Ratchamatic. […]

Choosing Accessories for your Harken 150 Cam Cleat | Expert Advice

 The Harken 150 is the gold standard in cam cleats and by far our #1 seller. It is great as a stand-alone and if combined with the available accessories can suit most low to moderately loaded line holding needs on your boat. The benefits to a cam cleat (two spring loaded ‘cams’ come together to hold the line) are numerous and the ability to adjust the line easily and release the line quickly make the Harken 150 great for things like jib sheets, travelers, mainsheet, backstays on […]

Line Review: Dyneema Blended Single Braids | Expert Advice

  Matt from Customer Service takes a look at Dyneema Blended Single Braids As the category title would indicate, all of these lines are Dyneema blended single braids. Constructionally none of these lines have covers (as would be expected from double braids). They are all a mix of Dyneema and another fiber, be it the most popular polyester, nylon or Cordura.  They’re offered in a variety of sizes between 1/8” and ½” diameter. All these lines are malleable, easy to handle, 12-strand (or similar), low water absorption and low […]

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 […]

Choosing light Base Layers for Sailing

Layering Guide: Light Base Layers | Expert Advice

As the name implies, Light Base Layers are the first layer of clothing you put on. It is a next-to-skin layer designed to move moisture from your body, providing comfort and allowing your breathable gear to do its job more effectively. Sailing provides a unique set of challenges when it come to moisture management — short bursts of movement in a sometimes wet environment — and it is important to choose your base layers carefully, especially when it comes to layering for the cold. Avoid cotton […]

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