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Rigged APS Laser Practice Sail

APS Laser Practice Sail | Expert Advice

11/2016 Note: APS practice sails are temporarily unavailable. In addition to all the fun tweaky bits you can found in our Laser Upgrade Kits , we now offering a Laser Practice Sail for Radials and Standard Lasers. These new sails are made from 3.8 oz cloth with more resin than the class legal sails. The result is a sail that will hold it’s shape better and last even longer than your race sails. Using a laser practice sail is a great way to […]

Laser Daggerboard Rigging Upgrades Installation | Expert Advice

One of the great things about Laser sailing is that even the most Gucci of upgrades is only going to set you back less than a dinghy boat unit (a mere Ben Franklin rather than a big boat grand). This year we’re offering a couple different new Laser rigging options that will make your life easier and help keep your head out of the boat. One of the upgrades we’re offering is the Laser® Pro Clew Inhauler. It attaches to […]

Women’s Gear Review: Life Jackets

How to Choose a Women’s PFD Life Jackets | Expert Advice

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 […]

Laser Parts Upgrade: The Daggerboard Friction Pad Mk2

Laser Daggerboard Friction Pad Mk2 | Expert Review

We finally got our first shipment of the new laser parts upgrade, the Daggerboard Friction Pad here at last and all the Laser sailors on the staff are excited to get their hands on them. Without even opening the package I can already see that this friction pad will offer a big improvement over the old W daggerboard brake (really anything would be an improvement). Check out below for more pictures of this must have Laser Parts upgrade. The blue shown […]

Safety Tethers

Wichard & Spinlock Safety Tethers | Expert Advice

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 […]

Up Your Racing Game With Laser Wind Indicators: A Hands on Look

How to Choose a Laser Sailboat Wind Indicator | Expert Advice

Many believe that one of the great things about sailing a Laser is how simple it is. There”s very little you can change or tweak about the boat – you just get in and go racing. One of the few things you can add to aid your performance is a Laser Wind Indicator. Sure, adding a wind indicator won”t turn heads like a new Laser Sail, new Line, new blocks, or like Chris does when he goes out for a night on […]

Hands On: Holt Nautos XR Clutch

Holt Nautos XR Line Clutch | Expert Review

NOTE: This product is no longer available.  Check our our complete line of clutches here. From Holt Nautos is their line of XR rope clutches. It’s available in two sizes and features an innovative double action cam system that offers greater leverage for both opening and closing the clutch. Both sizes (creatively named the XR1 & XR2) are available in singles, doubles, triples, and quads. Here are the basic specs for these clutches: Clutch Line Diam. SWL Hole Spacing Weight […]

Equiplite NSM Connector

Equiplite NSM Soft Shackles | Expert Advice

I expect a lot of people are familiar with Equiplite’s soft shackles. For a while now they’ve been making a number of different lightweight, super strong shackles and blocks. The most commonly used ones in my experience are their J-lock style non-swiveling connectors. They function just like a J-lock but they don’t bang up the rigging and they weight much less. Now Equiplite has come out with a line of non-swiveling connectors with an eye at the racer/cruiser market for […]