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How to Choose a Sailboat Winch Handle

Winches on sailboats are powerful and compact internally gear driven tools that allow you to haul in and hold lines under high loads manually, by a single person.  Winches will have their size stamped on the top of the drum, ex. 20, 35, 40, and so on.  This number indicates the power ratio. For example – a #35 winch will provide a 35:1 mechanical advantage.  Say you have a winch handle inserted into the top of the winch and you […]

How to Choose Furlers for Reaching Sails on Cruising Sailboats

Reaching Sail Furler Options for Cruising Sailboats Sails built for the sole purpose of reaching, or sailing off the wind, offer a range of powered up sailing for cruisers. Paired with a furler, these sails are easy to handle and maximize your boat speed (especially in light air). The two types of furlers for cruising reaching sails are: Bottom up furlers for straight luffed Cruising Code 0 sails Top down furlers for free flying a-symmetrical spinnakers SHOP ALL FURLERS Advantages […]

Basic Sailboat Cleats Explained | Expert Advice

Cleats are fittings to which a line is secured, either temporarily or permanently.  We are going to explain the seven main cleat types found on sailboats, and some of their uses: Horn Cleats Self-Jamming Horn Cleats Cam Cleats Double Cam Cam Cleats Clam Cleats V Cleats Lance Cleats SHOP ALL CLEATS Horn Cleats Primary Uses: Anchoring, mooring and docking a boat.  Also classically use on the mast to secure halyards. Sizes: Line diameters: 3/32” – 2”+ Horn cleats are most […]

How to Choose Hiking Pants for Sailing

We will break down how to choose hiking pants for sailing as well as why you should wear them and who needs them. The main advantages of battened hiking pants on dinghies are: Leg comfort Allow you to hike further out Allow you to hike longer More directly translate body movement (energy) to the boat Why Wear Hiking Pants? Sailing a dinghy sailboat upwind requires you to keep the boat from healing and kept basically flat (as horizontal as possible) […]

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How to Choose a Sailing Wetsuit | Expert Advice

  We will show you how to choose a sailing wetsuit or combination of wetsuit tops and bottoms for sailing in warm, cool, cold, and frigid conditions. Make sure the suit is specifically designed for sailing Proper ‘second skin’ fit is the key to staying warm Water and air temperature will determine the thickness of the wetsuit Warmth on a budget is achievable. To pick out a proper wetsuit, it is important to understand what and how they work.  It […]

Wetsuits vs. Dry Suits – Which is right for you?

For more information on wetsuits & drysuits click here. To shop wetsuits & drysuits click here Many sailors wonder if a dry suit or wetsuit is the best choice for winter sailing. We’ll compare and contrast to help you learn what’s best for the type of sailing you do. The question is not ‘which is better?’ it is ‘which is better for you?’ While wetsuits and dry suits both keep you safe and comfortable in the cold and frigid water; neither is ‘better,’ […]

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Sailing Wetsuit Basics: What Are They and How do They Work?

For more information on wetsuits click here. To shop wetsuits click here What is a sailing wetsuit? They are one or two piece suits made of foamed neoprene that is worn on smaller sailboats to provide: Thermal insulation against cold water (and air) Padding against bumps and bruises Coverage to prevent skin abrasion Sleek fit help prevents getting caught on boat rigging Buoyancy Sailing wetsuits are specifically designed to accommodate the posture and movements of sailing.  They will also be […]

Choosing a Technical Sailing Shirt

Technical sailing shirts are generally worn on warm to hot sunny days without any other layers.  They are intended to provide: Sun protection Prevent overheating Manage moisture Unlike other activates which might take place in low humidity, in shade, or inside an air-conditioned gym, sailing takes place in direct sunlight, in a humid marine environment, in warm to hot conditions. Key Features For sailing conditions technical shirts should have these characteristics to provide the most performance: Highly breathable Loose fitting […]