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Musto MPX Race Lite Jacket, Smock & Salopettes | Expert Review

Musto MPX Race Lite Jacket, Smock & Salopettes, The New Buoy Racing Favorite. Musto’s  MPX Gore-Tex Race gear has been a staff favorite at APS for as long as it’s been available.  This stuff was the original & the ultimate in “buoy racing” gear and pretty much everyone who works here has bought a set at some point.  Musto has been cranking out this classic, bombproof design with minimal changes for a long time now and for 2016 they decided […]

How to use a VHF Radio – Communicating over the Airwaves

Sailing is one of those things where the modern sailor totally gets to be off the grid. You can be completely by yourself, one with nature and full of peace and quiet – often a spiritual experience. But occasionally, the sailor needs to actually know how to use a VHF Radio to effectively communicate with the outside world, whether it’s for an emergency or just to talk to other power boat or sail boats nearby. When you are out on […]

“Roger, Roger” – VHF Radios and What to Expect From Them

VHF Radio options and the What’s, the Why’s and the How’s that make them awesome. People get out on the water for all types of reasons. They set sail on a peaceful cruise to have just that, peace and quiet. Until they don’t and they need to talk to the outside world. We have several ways we can do this. For the most part, we use VHF radios to talk to other people, boats and businesses that are either on or near the water. […]

Advantages and Uses for Plain Bearing Sailboat Blocks | Expert Advice

Plain bearing blocks are the original blocks that started it all. They paved the way for more advanced and higher performance blocks like the ball bearing and roller bearing blocks. Plain and simple is the name of the game for these guys. They have a simple construction with the least amount of moving parts you can find in a block. Generally they made of a plastic or metal sheave (the wheel thing) rolling on a metal pin or bushing. In some instances, they were made of Bakelite […]

Advantages and Uses of Roller Bearing Sailboat Blocks | Expert Advice

So you may be asking yourself, Why would I need a fancy shmancy Roller Bearing Block? What makes them so special anyway? Well..we are here to show you. One of the greatest advantages of a Roller Bearing Block over a Plain or Ball Bearing Block is the low friction safe working loads.  Highly loaded lines in a Roller Bearing Block will run faster, and adjustments are much easier. Roller Bearings may not necessarily run as free as ball bearings, but they do offer a significantly higher working load. Ball […]

Advantages and Uses of a Ball Bearing Sailboat Block | Expert Advice

Today we are highlighting ball bearing blocks as part one of our three part discussion on blocks, their characteristics, and uses. So, what is a Ball Bearing Block?  In its simplest form, a ball bearing block it is a housing containing a rolling sheave with balls lining the race on the either side of the sheave.  The balls reduce friction by minimizing bearing surface and roll between the moving surface and the non-moving part of the block. Because of this, lines are able to slide […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Nylon Line? | Expert Advice

Nylon line is a commonly used thermoplastic found in many everyday items. It has long been used in the modern marine industry for dock lines and anchor rodes (a fancy anchoring term for ‘line’). When used alone (not blended with another line material), Nylon line serves as a well functioning dock line material. Nylon is naturally semi-elastic, abrasion resistant, and fairly flexible. These traits make it easy to hold onto and tie off your boat. For dock lines, Nylon will give you peace-of-mind […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Polypropylene Line? | Expert Advice

Polypropylene Line is a thermoplastic polymer material that has a wide variety of uses.  It is commonly found in many household, textile, and industrial applications. For the marine industry, polypropylene line is tough, flexible, and strong yet lightweight enough to float which makes this ideal for dinghies and small keel boats. Polypropylene Rope Characteristics: Light weight: when compared to  similarly-sized diameter lines. Does not absorb water Floats Excellent shock absorption Easy to splice Economical Low tolerance to UV Low Melting Point Low Abrasion Resistant Some common applications […]