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Selden’s Reversible Winches

Selden Reversible Winches | Expert Advice

During the Annapolis Sailboat show we got to sit down with some of the fine folks at Selden and one thing we learned was that they too are entering the winch game. Although we didn”t get to see one in person we learned that the engineers at Selden have not only designed an entire winch range from the ground up but that they have also designed a manually operated winch with a reverse feature that offers a unique advantage for […]

Tylaska Locking Snap Shackle and Spring Loaded Clevis Pins feature image

Tylaska Locking Snap Shackle and Spring Loaded Clevis Pins | Expert Advice

Favorite vendors, friends and customers both old and new, the Annapolis Boat Show is the place we see them all. It”s also the time and place we get to see some new and unique products. This year I got to catch up with Tim and Dianne from Tylaska and, as usual, they didn”t disappoint me and they had something new and unique to show me. Check these out… On the left you”ll see what looks like a standard snap shackle. […]

Leather Deck Shoes

Leather Deck Shoes | Expert Advice

We’re almost done with our shoe videos!! This week’s addition to the our shoe video library, traditional leather deck shoes. Great for around town or on the boat, with non-marking soles, they can go just about anywhere. The main features you will find in all of our leather deck shoes are a casual look that emphasizes style while providing all day comfort, great durability, water-resistance and last but certainly not least, a non-marking sole. The non-marking sole is an integral […]

New Laser Blades First Look: Slicker Than a Pig Dipped in Teflon feature image

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 […]

APS Pro Spinnaker Launching Bag | Expert Advice

8/2016 NOTE: This product is temporarly unavailable. We can’t promise that you’ll have the perfect leeward mark rounding, but we can reduce the many excuses for why the spinnaker is functioning as a helicopter outside the bag as you’re headed upwind! Our new Pro Spinnaker Launching Bag is deep enough and slightly tapered at the bottom so the kite does not blow back out when you pack it in. The bag features battens on all four sides of the opening […]

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 […]