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Packing List for a Mid Distance Sailboat Race

Take a look at what made the cut for the Mid Distance Sailing Packing List As the sailing season gets back into full swing, many sailors will be gearing up for mid-distance races such as Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda — both excellent races to push personal and equipment limitations. I’m sailing the Annapolis to Bermuda.  For this race, I’ll be packing all (except for my foul weather gear, boots, and PFD) my gear into a 30 Liter gear bag for weight […]

How to Choose a Cold Weather Sailing Hat

As a performance sailor, you probably already know that proper warm winter sailing hats are extremely important when conditions are chilly. At APS, we have a full selection of warm hats to keep you on the water all year long. If you’re looking for simple hat that will keep you warm, you’ll want a classic knit hat, generally referred to as a “beanie”. We have a good variety of beanies at APS because they are great for both on the water and off. Sailing […]

How to Replace Laytex Dry Suit Seals

Doing drysuit repair work on a once 100% waterproof garment may seem like something you can only leave to the pros, but as you will see here, it’s a pretty straight forward job. All you need is the proper drysuit repair materials and a little bit of know-how. I recently had to replace the wrist seal on my suit so I put together a video showing the steps for replacing a seal. The same technique works for any of the seals on […]

Choosing light Base Layers for Sailing

How to Layer for Sailing: Light Base Layers

As the name implies, Light Base Layers are the first layer of clothing you put on. It is a next-to-skin layer designed to move moisture from your body, providing comfort and allowing your breathable gear to do its job more effectively. Sailing provides a unique set of challenges when it come to moisture management — short bursts of movement in a sometimes wet environment — and it is important to choose your base layers carefully, especially when it comes to layering for the cold. Avoid cotton […]

How to Pack, Store, Zip, and Seal your Sailing Drysuit

There’s no getting around it, a reliable sailing drysuit is a major investment. But if you carve out some time for drysuit maintenance at the start and end of your sailing season – you should get several years of serviceable life out of your suit. Money well spent in my mind if the alternative is staying on dry land all winter long! In the video above, APS President Kyle Gross will share with you some tips and tricks he’s learned (sometimes […]

Women’s Gear Review: Life Jackets

How to Choose a Women’s Life Jacket for Sailing

Something just for the ladies! Here at APS we know it’s hard to find gear that actually fits us women. So I’ve set out to look through our women’s gear and take a good look at it. We have three women specific life jackets, Bella by Astral, Abba by Astral and BetSEA by Stohlquist. All three have there good and bad features and here’s an in depth look. Abba: Available in two new colors for the 2010 season, the Abba style […]

Safety Tethers

Wichard & Spinlock Sailing Safety Tethers

Tethers are one of those things that you probably don”t think about until a couple days before you leave for that once a year offshore race. Depending on how far offshore it is maybe you decide you don”t really need it or maybe you run out and buy the cheapest one you can find. Any tether is better than no tether, but your tether is what keeps you on the boat and it”s worthy of spending a little extra time […]

Harness vs. Bosun’s Chair

Sailing Harness vs. Bosun’s Chair

In honor of today’s Hot New Item, the Harken Bosun’s Chair, we’re going to be delving into the advantages of a harness vs. a bosun’s chair. For some, this may seem elementary — but the best way to get up a rig is a popular question for the guys in Customer Service, so we put our heads together and made up a quick list for each. Bosun’s Chairs tend to get a bad rap; modern versions are incredibly safe now, […]