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

When you need the Hercules of lines, look no further than a Vectran rope. Vectran is a type of liquid crystal polymer (LCP). It is similar to Dyneema with a few key differences. Vectran rope made its way into the sailing industry due to its very desirable properties of low stretch, or elongation under load. It is comparable to Dyneema but much less creep, and elongation over time. Vectran also offers higher resistance to heat. The trade off comes in that […]

Sailboat Line Construction: Single Braid vs Double Braid | Expert Advice

There are several factors that affect marine rope performance. The main two are the construction and material. Today we’re going to talk about construction differences in marine rope. The major construction difference comes in the form of a double braid line and a single braid line. Although, it is hard to just talk about construction without discussing material differences so we’ll get to the a little later. A single braid, at its most basic, is a braided line that has no cover and no core. […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Dyneema line? | Expert Advice

Sailing Line is made with a wide variety of materials, each have unique characteristics that allow them to excel in different applications. In our next few blog post we are going to take you through each option and describe what makes it unique, and how you can use it. Next up is Dyneema line. Dyneema line is made of a popular and versatile “high tech” material that is used in many line applications today.  It is used in single braid and double braid applications. Here’s […]

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

Marine rope is made with a wide variety of materials, each have unique characteristics that allow them to excel in different applications.  We’re going to take you through each, and describe what makes it unique and how you can use it.  First up is Polyester, the MacGyver of line materials. Polyester marine rope is the most ubiquitous line material found on sailboats from dinghies to large keel boats and beyond.  It’s uses range from halyards to sheets to control lines to covers for polyester cores […]

What are Salopettes? …and How are They Different From Sailing Trousers? | Expert Advice

Salopettes (sa·lo·pettes) PLURAL NOUN – A one-piece garment similar to overalls, with a front flap and shoulder straps.  A full sleeveless top, worn for skiing, sailing, etc. ORIGIN 1970s: from french salopette in the same sense + -s by analogy with such words as trousers.   So, Salopettes are French for Trousers?   If that’s it, why are they different?  Lets have a closer look. (Editor’s Note: For the sake of comparison we’re going to focus on offshore quality Trousers, but both […]

What is a Base Layer and Why do you need it When Sailing? | Expert Advice

I’ve been hearing this song on the radio saying ‘it’s all about that base’ and I think they’re talking about a Base Layer, right? Yes, that must be it because when it comes to being comfortable on the water, its really is, all about the base layer. It doesn’t matter if you have a fully waterproof foul weather jacket and pants. If underneath that fancy sailing gear you’re dripping in sweat with a cotton tee shirt on, you are going to be freezing. Mark my […]

How to Make a Handle for Sailboat Control Lines | Expert Advice

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold. They called the Ghostbusters and they’re in control. Bobby Brown sure knew about lyrics, and handling business but I’m guessing he didn’t know much about making a control line handle for performance sailboats. Thankfully, I know a bit more about that subject, well, the control line subject that is.. Making a braided control line handle is easier than you may think and super useful for any control line that you want to grip quickly and […]

How to Size Dinghy Sailing Boots for Women | Expert Advice

We know shopping for women’s sailing gear can be a pain, but we today we have some tips and tricks to make shopping for dinghy boots a bit easier for you. For women, one especially difficult piece of gear to size is a good pair of Dinghy Boots. The material and styling of dinghy boots plus the difference between men’s and women’s sizing  can make for quite the headache! We can help you with each of these factors. Though in […]