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How to Choose & Optimize Sailboat Clutches

Clutches are designed to hold highly loaded lines that can be hauled in and released with the aid of a winch.  Choosing the proper clutch for a given application on a sailboat is determined by two main criteria: Line Diameter Maximum Line Load Holding Rating Additionally, there are other factors which can affect a clutches’ performance and influence which you may choose.  In this article, we will walk you through how a clutch works, how to choose a clutch, and […]

How to Choose a Sailboat Winch Handle

Winches on sailboats are powerful and compact internally gear driven tools that allow you to haul in and hold lines under high loads manually, by a single person.  Winches will have their size stamped on the top of the drum, ex. 20, 35, 40, and so on.  This number indicates the power ratio. For example – a #35 winch will provide a 35:1 mechanical advantage.  Say you have a winch handle inserted into the top of the winch and you […]

How to Choose Furlers for Reaching Sails on Cruising Sailboats

Reaching Sail Furler Options for Cruising Sailboats Sails built for the sole purpose of reaching, or sailing off the wind, offer a range of powered up sailing for cruisers. Paired with a furler, these sails are easy to handle and maximize your boat speed (especially in light air). The two types of furlers for cruising reaching sails are: Bottom up furlers for straight luffed Cruising Code 0 sails Top down furlers for free flying a-symmetrical spinnakers SHOP ALL FURLERS Advantages […]

Basic Sailboat Cleats Explained | Expert Advice

Cleats are fittings to which a line is secured, either temporarily or permanently.  We are going to explain the seven main cleat types found on sailboats, and some of their uses: Horn Cleats Self-Jamming Horn Cleats Cam Cleats Double Cam Cam Cleats Clam Cleats V Cleats Lance Cleats SHOP ALL CLEATS Horn Cleats Primary Uses: Anchoring, mooring and docking a boat.  Also classically use on the mast to secure halyards. Sizes: Line diameters: 3/32” – 2”+ Horn cleats are most […]

How to Choose Hiking Pants for Sailing

We will break down how to choose hiking pants for sailing as well as why you should wear them and who needs them. The main advantages of battened hiking pants on dinghies are: Leg comfort Allow you to hike further out Allow you to hike longer More directly translate body movement (energy) to the boat Why Wear Hiking Pants? Sailing a dinghy sailboat upwind requires you to keep the boat from healing and kept basically flat (as horizontal as possible) […]

How to Choose Base Layers for Sailing | Expert Advice

How to Choose a Base Layer for Sailing – SHOP BASE LAYERS –  If you have ever been sailing in cold and wet conditions and noticed your crewmembers are all smiles while you are cold and miserable, you may have missed the memo.  Your comfort starts at the base – base layers. Staying warm and dry onboard, even in extreme weather, requires a simple, but thoughtful approach to your layers.  It all starts with your base layer.  This is the […]

How to Wash and Deodorize a Wetsuit | Expert Advice

– SHOP WETSUIT MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES- Key factors in preventing a stinky wetsuit are: Rinse after each use Completely air dry before storing Shampoo & deodorize periodically Wetsuits do not breathe like foul weather gear and technical wicking layers which dry well in the open air. Neoprene contains tiny bubbles that trap the air inside the wetsuit material (neoprene) and insulate the sailor against the elements but is completely non-breathable. This same quality that makes neoprene effective as protective-wear however also traps […]

How to Repair a Wetsuit | Expert Advice

– SHOP WETSUIT MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES- Accidents happen. Don’t worry, it’s easy to repair a wetsuit tear or rip. Keep your gear performing with these easy steps.  Wetsuits are made of neoprene, which can be mended in three ways. Quick repairs with neoprene contact (seal) cement Permanent repairs with Aquaseal Additional strength with Iron Mend repair fabric A partial tear, cut or rip in a wetsuit can generally be repaired in the field or at home using one or more of these […]