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Harken Laser Traveler & Boom Blocks, a First Look

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks First Look | Expert Review

If you”re a Laser sailor you”ve probably heard rumors about Harken Laser Blocks for a while now. The class authorized new blocks manufactured by Harken a little while ago but we”re only just now getting confirmation that they”re in the manufacturing process. These new blocks will be available as a set containing the traveler blocks and both boom blocks as well as rivets to attach the boom blocks. The set will sell for $95 – or at least that”s what […]

Musto Jackets: Evolution Series Hands on Look

Musto Evolution Jacket Series | Expert Review

These products have been updated and are not longer available, but check out our other light jackets here. This year Musto Jackets have been vastly expanded with some new additions to their Evolution line of products. They’ve added to the shorts and pants offered last year to include a range of jackets as well as some lightweight technical shirts. Today we’re looking at the Evolution Lite Jacket, Evolution Softshell and Evolution Jacket (pictured left to right above). You can find […]

It’s all ball bearings these days…

Brolga Ball Bearing Turnbuckles | Expert Review

Imagine yourself tuning up pre-start going to weather in about 20 knots. You find yourself a tad slower and lower than your partner and want to make a rig adjustment. Ok, what next? Stop the boat? Go downwind? Swear because you can’t find the tools that are supposed to always be in the same port sheet bag only this time they aren’t? Finally, find the tools then bash your knuckles about while hoping you’re turning the “right” direction only to […]

Hands On: Atlantis Grand Prix Jacket & Vest

Atlantis Grand Prix Jacket & Vest | Expert Review

These products are not longer available, but check out our other light jackets here. Atlantis is new for APS this year but I imagine many of you are familiar with their gear. They’re sort of a reboot of a foulie company from a decade or so ago and they’re back with a bunch of cool gear. They’re also the official US Sailing team gear providers. Today we’re taking a look at the Atlantis Grand Prix Softshells. The Grand Prix line […]

Carbon Tiller Extension Comparison | Expert Advice

Tech Tuesday is our feature here at the Stern Scoop where we plan to highlight some of the more technical aspects of some of our products. From line specs to how to properly rebuild a winch we hope to provide some fodder for the tinkerers and engineer types out there. Today we’re starting with some detailed specs on carbon tiller extensions. We offer seven different types with rubber universals (there are some larger big boat extensions made of carbon as […]

How to Rebuild a Spinlock XTS Clutch | Expert Advice

I’m sure that you look around this blog and figure that there’s a lot of planning that goes into our choices for reviews, videos, etc. For the most part, that’s true — we do plan a couple of weeks out and are constantly building a list of ideas. But if you picked up on the foreshadowing I laid down, you’ll know that this post isn’t one of those times. I went down and asked Ian if he wanted to do […]

How To Rebuild a Harken 150 Cam Cleat | Expert Advice

A common project, especially at the beginning of a sailing season, is servicing cam cleats that might be flapping around due to a broken spring or grinding/catching due to a bad ball bearing. Today we turn our Bob Villa of the Storefront, Ian Coleman, loose to tear down and re-build a Harken Cam Cleat (Harken Part #: 150). The information in this video and post applies only to the Harken 150 Cam Cleat — luckily, the 150 is the most […]

Laser Sailboat Line Updrade Options | Expert Advice

Its no wonder the Laser is one of the largest adult one design classes in the world (Optis are actually the largest. I swear, those things multiply like bunnies). They’re lightweight, easy to handle and can be a great fit for every sailor ranging from a “which side is the bow” kinda novice to a “I only speak the language of sailing-pro bro” kinda expert. One of the main reasons this dinghy has become so popular is its straightforward set up […]