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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 […]

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 […]

How to Tie a Cleat Hitch, Three Ways

Tying a line to a cleat should be easy and secure, but walk down any dock and you will be amazed at the creative ways lines are ‘secured’ to cleats.  We will show you the correct and the incorrect ways to secure a line to a horn cleat using a cleat hitch.  You might be surprised what you learn, even if you’re ‘salty.’ Half Wrap Cleat Hitch This is most commonly seen as the standard cleat hitch in North America, […]

Measuring and Replacing Sailboat Lifelines | Expert Advice

Lifeline Components How do Lifelines Work Lifelines work as a last resort system to keep a person on board a boat.  In the most extreme instance, imagine someone being washed by a wave from one side of the boat, across the deck and into the lifelines on the other side.  This can generate tremendous loads in the many thousands of pounds; therefore lifeline systems must be able to withstand high dynamic load and translate it directly to the stern and […]

How to Measure the Diameter of Braided Line | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS. I’m going to show you how to measure the diameter of braided line properly with high confidence on both used line and brand new line. Line Diameters are Nominal Values Okay, the first thing we need to do is set our expectations around line diameters for braided lines. Line measurements are nominal values. That is to say that the list of diameters are approximations. Things that contribute to the diameter of a line would […]

How to Install and Remove Sailboat Halyards | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS and I’m going to show you how to properly install and remove sailboat halyards that are run internally in the mast on a keelboat. Identifying Halyard End Types When you’re getting ready to either install or to remove a halyard, the first thing we have to do is know what kind of end we’re working with. In this case it’s just cut and whipped and in this case they’ve had a reeving, or a […]

How to Measure the Length of Sailboat Halyards | Expert Advice

Hi. This is Kyle from APS and I’m here to show you how to measure halyards on a keelboat. You would need to do this if you don’t have your boat’s measurements, or if you’re racing and you don’t have access to your one-design measurements, or you just simply want to measure these right on the boat. Measuring Tape Attachment All you’re going to need is a 100-foot fiberglass tape measure.  You don’t want to be using a metal one […]