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How to Terminate a Line with a Flemish Eye | APS Advisor

Learn how to do a Flemish Eye for your halyard chase from the APS rigging department.  Use this for attaching a messenger line when removing halyards from your mast, and for running new halyards with a messenger line already in the mast. .

Guide toWhat to Pack for a Barebaot Charge

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter | Expert Advice

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter – The Complete Guide Bareboat chartering allows you to choose from destinations around the globe, and the ability to freely explore with few of the trappings and stresses of daily life back home.  Destinations vary from places like the BVI in the Caribbean, Greece in the Mediterranean, Tonga in the South Pacific, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, Belize in Central America and more.  The better […]

Personal Packing List for Offshore Racing | Expert Advice

Customer Service team member, Andrew, tells us what’s in his gear bag for a distance ocean race. Offshore racing is one of my favorite ways to compete in this great sport, and it’s even better when you end up somewhere tropical. We field dozens of calls and questions for ordering offshore gear here at APS, especially during the warmer months. As someone who’s had the pleasure of sailing Annapolis to Newport, Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda, I thought I would […]

Guide to Choosing Foul Weather Gear | Expert Advice

Choosing Foul Weather Gear for Sailing Selecting the correct sailing foul weather gear is essential in order to remain dry and comfortable in just about any weather and sailing conditions. There are gear options for every condition. It is key to match the type and duration of sailing you will be doing plus the conditions you will encounter to the gear you choose. This way you do not end up over or under protected.   Information covered in this article: […]

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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 […]