Tag : How To’s

How to Wash and Deodorize a Wetsuit

APS is the World Leader in Outfitting Sailors.  Shop our: – Wetsuit Maintenance Supplies Key factors in preventing a stinky wetsuit are: Rinse after each use Completely air dry before storing Shampoo & deodorize periodically Wetsuits do not breathe like foul weather gear and technical wicking layers which dry well in the open air. Neoprene contains tiny bubbles that trap the air inside the wetsuit material (neoprene) and insulate the sailor against the elements but is completely non-breathable. This same […]

How to Replace a Latex Neck Seal on a Dry Suit

Home replacement of a neck dry suit seal is easy if you have the right tools. Follow these directions for a no fuss installation. What do You Need? A new replacement neck seal Sharp scissors Wax paper Masking tape Plastic putty spatula Latex gloves (optional) Cotol 240 cleaner & accelerant (optional) Aquaseal adhesive Sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) Newspaper Neck Seal Replacement Kit consisting of: Large cup 6 x spring clamps Base circle form 2 x half-moon forms Double sided stick […]

How to Replace a Latex Wrist and Bootie Seals on a Dry Suit

Home replacement of a wrist or bootie (sock) dry suit seal is easy if you have the right tools. Follow these directions for a no fuss installation. What do You Need? A new replacement bootie (sock) or wrist seal(s) Sharp scissors Duct tape Plastic putty spatula Latex gloves (optional) Aquaseal adhesive Cotol 240 cleaner & accelerant (optional) Sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) Wrist & Bootie Seal Replacement Kit consisting of: Wrist seal expanding form and shim dowel insert – small Bootie […]

How to Clean and Lubricate a Dry Suit Zipper

Proper zipper maintenance for your dry suit will extend life and quality of the suit. We will show you how to: Lubricate a zipper Clean a zipper Zipper Types There are two basic types of waterproof sippers used on sailing dry suits.  The brass tooth zipper (or gas zipper) has been around for over 50+ years and is hard wearing, but not a flexible as a plastic zipper.  The T-Zip plastic tooth waterproof zipper is flexible and lightweight but has […]

How to Put on a Sailing Dry Suit and Determine Proper Fit

Put your sailing dry suit on with ease by following just a few simple steps. Insulation – Under Layers First, you need to put on your under layers. A thin base layer for transporting perspiration from the surface of your skin to the second layer, the mid layer.  Mid layers should be one or two layers and a mix of mid-weight to heavyweight fleece.  This colder the weather, the more and heavier your mid layers.  Remember, NO Cotton. Cotton garments […]

Personal Packing List for Offshore Sailboat Racing

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 […]

How to Convert the Spinlock Deckvest Lite from Automatic to Manual

    When choosing an inflatable life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual firing to prevent accidental inflation in wet conditions. If you are an avid inshore sailor or power boater, stand up paddler (SUP) or kayaker, the Spinlock USCG Deckvest Lite is the perfect candidate for these applications. The conversion from auto to manual inflation is very simple.  The first thing you will need is your Deckvest LITE, as well as the Manual Conversion Kit specifically made […]

Packing Your Gear Bag for a Weight Conscious Sailboat

Choosing what to bring in your gear bag when sailing isn’t really a case of right or wrong, but being aware of what you choose to bring can make a difference on a sensitive boat, especially with a large crew.  Being the one who continually brings too much gear in a bag you could fit in, we’re here to help keep your weight conscious boat and crew happy. Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you […]