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New Website!!! New Website!!!

IT’S DONE!!! As we’ve hinted at a few times, APS’ website has gotten a serious paint job. Actually it goes a little deeper than that — we dropped in a new carbon rig, got brand new sails, extended the keel, went hi-tech with the lines and tossed all the extra weight overboard. Sure, it hurt our PHRF rating, but it was worth it… For well over six months, James and I have been working on a new website for APS. […]

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New Catalog?

While I write this our very own catalog creation expert Rob is uploading the final copy of our 2009 catalog to the printer. In just a few short weeks (I’m told sometime in mid April) they will be arriving at your doorsteps. Pictured above is our main cover – a shot of Terry Hutchinson and crew during Melges 24 NA’s here in Annapolis last fall. Loyal Stern Scoop readers out there might notice the similarity with our header picture here […]

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Would You Like Some Cardboard With Your Tape?

We’re all about reusing boxes here at APS. If you’ve ordered from us in the past, chances are that you might have gotten a recycled box from us — this holds especially true on larger orders because we can reuse the boxes from our vendors. However, there is a point at which “keeping it green” goes wrong. For instance, if a factory has to rachet up production to respond the nationwide tape shortage you create by shoring a box up, […]

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Autopilot On

On the off chance that I take some time off, Rob is there to ensure that the website is still covered. For instance, as I was walking through one of the 7,129 terminals at JFK International a few months ago (I’m from Rhode Island — naturally, everything looks absurdly large to me), Rob sent this picture to my BlackBerry to assure me that even a dummy could do my job. The mannequin actually made less mistakes… I had to fight […]

Well, There’s Your Problem Right There…

Well, There’s Your Problem Right There…

Ever wonder what it looks like when a spool breaks? They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words… well, I’m pretty sure that Ian only said one word, and decorum doesn’t allow us to repeat it here.

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Where’s Waldo?

You may or may not have noticed that our posts aren’t as good this week. Well, our fearless storefront leader, chief blogger and official statistician, James “Waldo” McKenna, has been out sailing Thistle Midwinters with our good customer Joe “James’ only friend” McCorkell. James, come home soon. The Stern Scoop’s ratings are plummeting and Chris misses you desperately! To check in on James, Joe, and Mattie click here: Waldo and crew are in boat 3994

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E-Scows and Vipers and Tigers, Oh My

Last week I mentioned that our 2009 catalog is in full-on production — in fact, we’ve almost finished wrapping things up. Since you’ve taken the time out of your day to read our blog, we’re guessing that you’ve probably seen it before. It’s that 152 page digest of gear, parts and cordage with our bright orange logo on the front; it’s probably on your boat or in that stack of magazines in the head. Well, the middle of the catalog […]

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March…in like a lion

Opened the door,March came with a roar Digging her outI could hear her pout. Pushed by strangers feetto the top of the street. Traction control,barely missed a pole. The commute was a chafebut the boats are all safe. Work is not far,except, in this car. Editors Note: For those of you who placed orders with us this weekend we’re working with a skeleton crew here today. Some orders scheduled for shipment may be delayed a day. My apologies also go […]