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Types of Eye Splices for Braided Line

What is an eye splice and when do I use it? An eye splice is a method of creating a permanent loop, or ‘eye’, at the end of a line by means of splicing.  On sailboats, this eye is used to attach a piece of hardware, such as a shackle to the line; or to terminate a line to a fixed point, such as a pad eye.  It may also be used to create a constricting loop at the end of […]

Single & Double Braid Sailboat Lines Explained | Expert Advice

– Shop Line – Understanding the basic differences in line materials and construction will allow you to choose the best line for your application.  We will cover the differences between single and double braid line as well as their specific materials: Single Braid Line / Hollow Braid Single Braid Core / High Tech Double Braid / Polyester Double Braid / High Tech Single Braids Single braid lines are made up of eight or twelve strands braided into a circular pattern […]

The Benefits of Waterproof Socks for Sailing

Why Wear Waterproof Socks for Sailing Many times in wet or foul sailing weather you desire to keep your feet dry, but don’t want the weight and chunkiness, and sometimes the insulation that comes with donning your sailing boots. What you may be desiring is your lightweight, easy to move in, deck-gripping sailing shoes; which typically come at the price of wet and cold feet when the weather turns poor.  Also, if you are sailing in tropic or summer conditions, […]

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 […]