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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 […]

How to Install Laser Sail Numbers | Expert Advice

I’m going to catch hell from James and Aaron for writing the blog post about numbering a Laser sail. You see, I bought a new Laser dinghy, and Laser sail from APS a little over two years ago and haven’t sailed it yet… not once… ever. Why, you ask? Well, I’m a pansy who won’t sail during a frostbite series because it’s stupidly cold and thanks to a knee injury, other sailing conflicts and general laziness (read: it’s really just […]

Wrap it up!

Dynaglide Teflon and UHMWPE Sailboat Tapes | Expert Advice

My father always preached to me about safety. “Don”t drink and boat, wear a PFD, and always wrap your ring dings,” he”d say. Of course, I may or may not have taken those life lessons to mean “always make sure your beer has a coozie so your hands don”t get cold” but that”s not what today”s lesson is about. Today”s lesson has to do more with the latter part of his suggestions. Wrapping it up…with tape! If duct tape is […]

Ronstan Orbit Blocks vs. Harken Blocks | Expert Advice

This year Ronstan released new smaller (20 and 30 mm) sizes of their Orbit blocks. They’re pretty nifty blocks and as with any new introduction into the realm of marine hardware they beg the question – are they better? Our very own Rob Beach set about answering that question and came up with a whole bunch of numbers for us to crunch. We set about comparing the new 20 and 30mm Orbit blocks with the comparable Harken and older Ronstan […]