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The Benefits of Waterproof Socks for Sailing

Why Wear Waterproof Socks for Sailing Many times in wet or foul sailing weather you desire to keep your feet dry, but don’t want the weight and chunkiness, and sometimes the insulation that comes with donning your sailing boots. What you may be desiring is your lightweight, easy to move in, deck-gripping sailing shoes; which typically come at the price of wet and cold feet when the weather turns poor.  Also, if you are sailing in tropic or summer conditions, […]

Sailboat Cam Cleat Accessories Explained | Expert Advice

Cam cleats are the preferred cleat for lines frequently adjusted under hand loads. They have high working loads, strong holding capability, and are easy to use. For many applications, mounting a cam cleat and running a line straight through the cleat jaws is all it takes. When there are uneven surfaces, unfair leads, and odd angels the crew must cleat and uncleat a line from, you will appreciate the many cam cleat accessories available and the utility they offer. Cam […]

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,’ […]