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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 […]

Laser ACC Regatta Wrapup and Harken Block Test Drive

Harken Laser Blocks Tested | Expert Advice

The Laser ACC (Atlantic Coast Championship) regatta was held this past weekend one block from our APS offices at the Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The Laser Radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the Laser 4.7 winner was Mary Hall. Here in the US a Laser […]

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks | Expert Review

In last weeks blog post you had a First Look at the new Harken Laser Blocks that should be available at the end of the month. Since then we’ve had a bunch of people pre-order them already, so kudos to you early adopters! Thankfully, within the last few days I’ve managed to get my hands on a set of these babies and install them on my own Laser. I took them out for a spin during the weeknight racing we […]

Mac Design Deck Labels – Invasion of the Giant Sticker People

Mac Design Sailboat Deck Label Stickers | Expert Review

So maybe the new deck labels and polar charts from Mac Designs are not quite as exciting as the title might imply, but they”re pretty cool. Mac Designs is a graphics design company based in Newport that does all sorts of designs for some big time race programs including Numbers and Moneypenny. You”ve probably seen the Accutak deck labels that have been around for a while. Mac Designs has now come out with a few more stickers for your boat to […]

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 […]