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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 […]

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Housecleaning Day

With James on his way to the Thistle Midwinters, I’m on my own with the blog for the next week. Many of you probably stopped reading right there, making a mental note to check back on March 9th. For those of you that have made it to this second paragraph — thanks, I appreciate it. And now to let you down — since we’re down to one writer today, I’m predictibly swamped (shooting and editing a couple of videos for […]

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Hard at Work?

Some of you might think that working here at APS is all fun and games. I mean, we sell people sailing gear from 9-5 and then we spend the rest of our time sailing and drinking right? Well, I’m not going to say that’s entirely incorrect, but at least our marketing director and part time Stern Scoop editor Rob is here working hard. Each spring we put out a new catalog that is the culmination of hundreds of hours of […]

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Save a Tree, Use Plastic???

APS is a constant bustle of UPS, FedEx and US Postal Service trucks making deliveries and pickups. When you’re a mail order company and have as much product going back and forth as we do, it’s kind of a given that a package is going to get lost or destroyed. (The skill with which the latter can be accomplished is fairly impressive — we once shipped a Laser Upper Mast section encased in a PVC tube and packing materials, and […]

Musto and Puma Racing Together

Musto and Puma Racing Together?

Here are a couple photos that made their way to our desk earlier today. See if you can figure out what doesn’t belong. We agree with the boys on Puma that for the toughest ocean crossings, the Musto Ocean HPX Drysuit is the way to go. You’d be hard pressed to find gear that will hold up better to the rigors of the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans. For those who sail a little closer to home it’s great […]

Chesapeake Racer Profile — Lorie Stout

Chesapeake Racer Profile — Lorie Stout

Spinsheet is a sailing magazine based out of Annapolis (about three blocks away from APS, actually) that covers racing and cruising on the Chesapeake and across parts of the Mid-Atlantic. Each month, APS sponsors the “Chesapeake Racer Profile” in Spinsheet — this profile focuses on a local sailor who actively races or promotes the sport of sailboat racing in the area. Past profiles have featured locals like Terry Hutchinson (yeah, I’ve never heard of him either…), Sandy Grosvenor (world-class P.R.O.) […]

Confessions of an Iceboat Addict

Confessions of an Iceboat Addict

By: Aaron Freeman APS Customer Service I wanted to write an article for the blog before Kyle (Editor’s Note: Kyle is the President/Big Dog here at APS) busts me down to fulfillment or worse, he tells me to hit the bricks. You see the problem is… I have an addiction. Once the leaves start turning and that first chilly day arrives, I start thinking about my addiction. For the next several months I am glued to weather.com looking for low […]

APS Staff Profile: Ian Coleman

APS Staff Profile: Ian Coleman

Today on the Stern Scoop we are happy to bring you an interview with our very own Ian Coleman. He works in the storefront of our shop so I bet some of you might have met him before. Ian is an all around great guy – he’s an avid sailor and world class bathroom cleaner-upper plus he just loves to bake chocolate cake when someone here at the shop has a birthday. Really though, I don’t know what I’d do […]