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Guide to Choosing a Foam Filled Sailing Life Jacket

What is a sailing life jacket? A sailing life jacket is one you will wear when actively sailing.  Forget about the big orange offshore vests and the cheap ones sold by the half dozen in a plastic zipper storage bag.  Neither of these are designed to be worn consistently each time you go out sailing.  What we are talking about is a foam filled vest that is comfortable and happily worn every time you go sailing.  In these vests you […]

What is a Sailing Buoyancy Aid

What is a sailing buoyancy aid and is it right for you? Sailing buoyancy aids are becoming increasingly popular in the United States for three simple reasons: They are smaller and more compact than traditional life jackets. They contain less foam and are cut to afford more freedom of movement making them comfortable and easy to move around a boat in (especially when racing). Minimalist designs have limited pockets, straps, buckles and attachments giving them a ‘clean’ exterior that is less likely to […]

how to choose sailing gloves

Guide to Choosing Sailing Gloves | Expert Advice

What are Sailing Gloves & Why Should You Wear Them Sailing gloves help protect your hands from abrasion and blisters that often occur when handling lines. Different gloves offer various levels of additional grip, padding, and protection. When choosing gloves, like any sailing gear, it’s important to consider the type of sailing you do and your position on the boat. There are two standard glove styles: ‘fingerless’ or ‘short fingered’ and ‘three-fingered’ or ‘long-fingered.’ The more popular of the two, […]

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Guide to Choosing Cold Weather Sailing Gloves | Expert Advice

Why Wear Cold Weather Sailing Gloves Cold weather sailing gloves have a rather unique mission — keep your hands warm while protecting them and gripping line like a regular sailing glove. And while each glove has strengths, none is perfect — creating a glove that is waterproof, warm, durable AND thin enough to retain dexterity is quite a feat. When choosing your cold weather sailing glove, it’s important to consider the type of boat you’ll be sailing, your position on […]

Up Your Racing Game With Laser Wind Indicators: A Hands on Look

How to Choose a Laser Sailboat Wind Indicator | Expert Advice

Many believe that one of the great things about sailing a Laser is how simple it is. There”s very little you can change or tweak about the boat – you just get in and go racing. One of the few things you can add to aid your performance is a Laser Wind Indicator. Sure, adding a wind indicator won”t turn heads like a new Laser Sail, new Line, new blocks, or like Chris does when he goes out for a night on […]

Ronstan Orbit Blocks vs. Harken Blocks | Expert Advice

This year Ronstan released new smaller (20 and 30 mm) sizes of their Orbit blocks. They’re pretty nifty blocks and as with any new introduction into the realm of marine hardware they beg the question – are they better? Our very own Rob Beach set about answering that question and came up with a whole bunch of numbers for us to crunch. We set about comparing the new 20 and 30mm Orbit blocks with the comparable Harken and older Ronstan […]

Carbon Tiller Extension Comparison | Expert Advice

Tech Tuesday is our feature here at the Stern Scoop where we plan to highlight some of the more technical aspects of some of our products. From line specs to how to properly rebuild a winch we hope to provide some fodder for the tinkerers and engineer types out there. Today we’re starting with some detailed specs on carbon tiller extensions. We offer seven different types with rubber universals (there are some larger big boat extensions made of carbon as […]

Harness vs. Bosun’s Chair

Harness vs. Bosun’s Chair | Expert Advice

In honor of today’s Hot New Item, the Harken Bosun’s Chair, we’re going to be delving into the advantages of a harness vs. a bosun’s chair. For some, this may seem elementary — but the best way to get up a rig is a popular question for the guys in Customer Service, so we put our heads together and made up a quick list for each. Bosun’s Chairs tend to get a bad rap; modern versions are incredibly safe now, […]