Sailing Gear Advice

Choosing a Mast Harness for Sailing: which one is for you?

Going up the mast doesn’t have to be scary or difficult! Take the scary and the difficult out of the equation with two options; a Bosun’s Chair, or a Mast Harness. To know which option will work for you depends on how long you will be up the rig, and where the boat is when the need occurs. If you are just doing some quick fixes, or you’re in “race mode” on stand-by to fly up the mast, a Mast Climbing Harness is […]

How to Convert an Automatic Spinlock Life Jacket to Manual Inflation

When choosing an inflatable automatic life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual activation to control when inflation occurs and to prevent accidental  inflation in wet/extreme conditions. From Coastal Cruising to offshore sailing, Spinlock Deckvest 5D Pro Sensor  is the perfect candidate for these applications as it utilizes the UML Pro Sensor inflation. This activation system is water and moisture sensitive that uses a compressed paper capsule which dissolves when wet, which then releases a spring […]

What is a Softshell Sailing Jacket?

2-layer jacket, 3-layer jacket, Gore-Tex jacket, DWR coating, Hardshell jacket, softshell jacket… You hear a lot of buzz words thrown around when it comes to foul weather gear and technical outdoor clothing in general, but what does it all mean?! Today we’re going to talk specifically about Softshell Jackets. What are they? What are they not? ‘Softshell’ is a type of material that used most often to make jackets, but also shorts, vests and pants. What is a Softshell Jacket? Softshell Jackets are typically soft and smooth […]

Comparing Dinghy Sailing Boots: Rubber or Neoprene?

Not sure what type of dinghy boot is right for you?  Don’t worry APS can help! The two most popular types are Neoprene or waterproof. Neoprene boots have a zippered closure, velcro zipper keeper, and tend to be more flexible which allows a thicker than normal sock to be worn without cramping the foot. The waterproof boots typically have a lace-up closure, are more rigid, and hold moisture just as well as it keeps the water out. Type Materials Construction Closure Primary Use Waterproof […]

How to use a Rescue Knife when Sailing

Having a safety rescue knife as part of your sailing gear is a small investment that offers a lot of peace of mind. Today we are taking a look at both the Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Knife and the Gill Harness Rescue Tool. The Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Rescue Knife offers an instinctual design when grabbing it to use. For quick access in an emergency, the S-Cutter can be Velcro attached (in its own Pouch) to any life jacket or harness belt. It has a lanyard that attaches to the pouch […]

How to Convert the Spinlock Deckvest Lite from Automatic to Manual

    When choosing an inflatable life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual firing to prevent accidental inflation in wet conditions. If you are an avid inshore sailor or power boater, stand up paddler (SUP) or kayaker, the Spinlock USCG Deckvest Lite is the perfect candidate for these applications. The conversion from auto to manual inflation is very simple.  The first thing you will need is your Deckvest LITE, as well as the Manual Conversion Kit specifically made […]

Packing Your Gear Bag for a Weight Conscious Sailboat

Choosing what to bring in your gear bag when sailing isn’t really a case of right or wrong, but being aware of what you choose to bring can make a difference on a sensitive boat, especially with a large crew.  Being the one who continually brings too much gear in a bag you could fit in, we’re here to help keep your weight conscious boat and crew happy. Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you […]

How to Renew Water Repellency to your Sailing Foul Weather Gear

We love that foul weather rain gear keeps us dry while allowing moisture to escape but because of these two key features, its unfortunately not built to last forever. If it was it would be as stiff as a board and wouldn’t breathe at all. Actually it would be a lot like foul weather gear 30 years ago. Fortunately waterproofing technology has come a long way since then and we have a few tricks to offer that will help your waterproof rain gear stay […]