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Which Mast Harness is Right for you? Bosun’s Chair or Climbing Harness | Expert Advice

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 | Expert Advice

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 Jacket? | Expert Advice

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 […]

How to Terminate Lines With a Rope Cutter | Expert Advice

One of the cleanest ways to cut Dyneema or polyester ropes is to use a Rope Cutter. Alternatives, as seen in my last video, work great if you’re on the dock or racing—but the hot knife is ideal for terminating sailboat lines at home. We always recommend using a permanent solution like an End Whip, but realize this isn’t always practical. A neat characteristic of polyester rope is that when it burns, the strands fuse together. This makes for a great end on a double […]

How to Terminate Line Ends with Shink Whip | Expert Advice

Sailboat control lines come in all different kinds – single braids, double brands, and blends of Vectran, Dyneema, and polyester. What you may have found out the hard way (in some cases) is that these lines don’t all behave the same way when hit with a Hot Knife or lighter and that sometimes it isn’t practical to make a permanent termination with an End Whip, although this is always our recommended method. We’ve broken it down for you into a few simple DIY ways to keep your line […]

How to Put together a Club Race Committee Kit | Expert Advice

Here at APS, we have all the items necessary to get your sailing  club race committee off to a great start. The first thing a race committee will need are some Race Marks. The number/quantity you will need is dependent on the type of course you intend on running (see image below). Typically you will need about 5 to 6 marks for your start line, the weather mark and offset or gate. Now that we have some race marks, where do we put them?  To […]

How to Install Laser Deck Hardware | Expert Advice

Learning how to install Laser deck hardware is a breeze. Just grab you Marine Silicone, your deck hardware of choice like the ones found in this Laser Cunningham/Outhaul Power Pack Kit and you’ll be back on the water sailing in no time. When you get a brand new baby Laser dinghy, you will find that the Cam Cleat and Plate deck hardware has not yet been installed. These parts are included with your rigging package along with the screws needed for installation. If you’re upgrading […]

Comparing Dinghy Boots: Rubber or Neoprene | Expert Advice

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 […]