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How to Tie a Bowline in the Dark | Expert Advice

How to Tie a Bowline Knot in the Dark on a Sailboat – Three Ways Faster and Safer Ways to Tie a Bowline Knot You probably already know how to tie a bowline, but do you know how to do it fast and reliably, and in the dark? Check out these foolproof ways to tie a bowline in the dark for three different needs on a sailboat.  Once you practice and learn these methods, muscle memory will take over when […]

Sailboat Cam Cleat Accessories Explained | Expert Advice

Cam cleats are the preferred cleat for lines frequently adjusted under hand loads. They have high working loads, strong holding capability, and are easy to use. For many applications, mounting a cam cleat and running a line straight through the cleat jaws is all it takes. When there are uneven surfaces, unfair leads, and odd angels the crew must cleat and uncleat a line from, you will appreciate the many cam cleat accessories available and the utility they offer. Cam […]

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How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Watersports | Expert Advice

Sailing and an active water lifestyle expose skin to more direct and indirect (reflected light from the water, boat decks, and other surfaces) than just about any other outdoor activity.  All of this sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation; the source of sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer, which is the most prevalent type of cancer.  When considering a good sunblock, the first goal is to protect your skin from UV and its damaging rays. Secondly, you want to use […]

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) […]