Buoyancy Bags: An Opti-MUST Have Item feature image

Opti Buoyancy Bag Care and Use | Expert Advice

Today’s item up for discussion: Opti Airbags a.k.a. Optimist Buoyancy Bags Necessity Scale: 10 out of 10 (Must Have) Total number per boat: 3 Durability: 5 out of 10 (Not exactly a Punching Bag…) Cost: between $33 and $37 As for cost, the lower end of the cost spectrum have a short-tube for inflation kind of like a beach ball. The higher end bags are more durable and are built with a long inflation tube. This tube is much better for keeping air […]

Harken Laser Boom Blocks to be Sold Individually

Harken Laser Boom Blocks to be Sold Individually | Expert Advice

We just received word today from Laser Performance that their Harken Laser Boom Block Kit will finally be available individually in addition to the same all-in-one kit from before. Yay! This means those of you who have been holding off on upgrading you Laser Boom Blocks because you didn’t want to spring for the cost of the full kit, or didn’t have the time to drill out the rivets can now buy these blocks à la carte. To me, the big […]

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505 Custom Smooth Tack Jib Sheets | Expert Advice

International 505 Jib Sheets   Talk about labor-intensive with high performance results. These jib sheets are made of that sweet high tech double braid Dinghy Control Line by FSE Robline featuring color-coded polyester covers with a Dyneema SK-75 Core. Measuring 1/4″ – this line has a tensile strength of 3,700 lbs. Tough and strong. What’s extra sexy about these sheets is the fact they have a smooth tack with tapered and buried covers. Skinny on the Smooth Tack – Works […]

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Melges 24 Custom Rigging Upgrade Examples | Expert Advice

This Melges 24 jib halyard tensioner is made out of 3/16″ 1×19 wire with a Fork end and Turnbuckle for adjustment. What’s special about this is the 1×19 wire has lower stretch and is less likely to break or fray than the typically used 7×19 wire. We’re taking basics to the next level with this Melges 24 spinnaker halyard. Tons of people strip their lines – but who reinforces the line with cover where it matters? The following halyard is […]

Farr 30 Heads out the Door Today….

Farr 30 Custom Running Rigging Upgrade Examples | Expert Advice

Check out these new Farr 30 jib sheets. We took green Samson Amsteel and pulled black Yale Cover-Only over the line. We replaced the traditional J-lock shackles used on Farr 30s with one of our new Dyneema Shackle Loops. We also replaced the traditional stainless ring with an Antal 14mm low friction ring that will run like butter on the stripped line – even under high loads. Rather than having the J-Lock jamming into the stainless ring at max trim, […]

GRP Laser Daggerboards and Rudders are In Stock

GRP Laser Daggerboards and Rudders are In Stock! No Joke.

You hear it here first: The long awaited GRP Laser Daggerboards and Rudders are here! In Stock! No Seriously, for real. In August 2010, APS did a write-up, New Laser Blades First Look, on the new Laser Daggerboard and Rudder Blades — and sadly, that enthusiastic post turned out to be just a teaser, tantalizing Laser sailors everywhere who were in want of upgrading their beat daggerboards…you guys know who you are, and we know you recognize something cool when you see it! We are […]

How a Farr 30 Main Halyard is Made | Expert Advice

The Farr 30 main Halyard is a complicated piece of hardware to make. Tapering a wire and prepping the line for a splice is a tedious and lengthy process. Jarrett Herring, rigging enthusiast here at APS, takes us through the steps and processes involved in the creation of this tricky wire-to-rope transition in the above short video. Yes, Farr 30 was called Mumm 30 in the past. The Pre-Made Wire-to-Rope Halyard kits are made in advance for traditional halyards on […]

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Laser GRB Rudder and Daggerboard Blades | Expert Review

I’m sure many of the Laser sailors out there have heard about the new Laser blades being made. A while back the Laser class had approved these new glass blades and I know I’ve heard rumors of people in the US getting blades from Australia. Well the wait is finally over, we will now have proper GRP Laser Daggerboard Blades and GRP Laser Rudder Blades available to everyone in the US. I have to say I was really impressed with […]