Which Boom Furler is the Best?

When it comes to mainsail management systems, in-mast furlers appear to be losing¬†popularity with cruisers while boom furlers keep popping up on more boats. We are noticing a huge increase in customers upgrading their conventional or even their in-mast units (yes, you read that right, read more below) to in-boom furling. I may even go […]

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Views from Aloft

This was back on Halloween day and I’m back up the mast for an inspection. It was a little chilly, more than I’d prefer but…it’s October. I had a great view of the Spa Creek Bridge. We were at the famous¬†Annapolis Yacht Club…J 105 row. Annapolis Yacht Club is still in the early phases of […]

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Winches

The three big¬†winch¬†¬†players are¬†Harken,¬†Lewmar, and¬†Andersen.¬†Selden¬†is also trying to make a splash in the production winch market. Almost all of these manufacturers offer different drum finishes from anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome plated bronze (even unchromed bronze upon special request). So what are some of the other differences? One of the number one companies in […]

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Views From Aloft

This was a spar finish and rigging package that we put together back in the summer of 2014. Originally this mast was an Annapolis Spars design (our previous employer). I love the way these masts were built. This is exactly how the top of a Pro Furl furler “Wrapstop” system should look when the sail […]

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Wire Rigging Vs. Synthetic Rigging Vs. Rod Rigging

Synthetic rigging has been getting more and more common¬†recently. Rod¬†rigging has lost some popularity in the past decade due to parts availability issues from manufacturers. Wire rigging has remained tried and true to the test of time. In looking at each of these stay materials we find some advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look… […]

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Views from Aloft

It has been a while since I have posted a Views from Aloft segment, we’ve been super busy! This was about 2 months ago in the beautiful Baltimore Inner Harbor with Ft. Mchenry just across the water. Any guesses where we were? If my memory serves me correct this was a 2005 Hunter 44 Deck […]

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Swageless Mechanical Fittings or Swage Terminals…

…Which do you prefer? When talking about wire standing rigging for sailboats, there are two primary ways to secure a fitting to the end of the cable, the swage fitting and the mechanical fitting. One requires a specialized, expensive machine (pictured below) that is used to essentially squeeze or hammer the fitting onto the wire, […]

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A Whisker Pole System

Using a whisker pole that is sized and¬†configured properly,¬†can make sailing by the lee stable and comfortable.¬†Usually downwind sailing,¬†specifically¬†in light air, can feel a bit sluggish and sloppy. Some¬†of us feel that flying a¬†spinnaker¬†is too much work and that a lot can go wrong quickly. ¬†So what can we do when we have to do […]

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Schaefer Furlers, Quality…..

……and reliability, that has withstood the test of time.¬†Schaefer Headsail Furlers are¬†definitely¬†in a class of their own. Boasting some of the similar features of the Harken units, but to only improve upon them (see our archives). Don’t get me wrong I love Harken furlers, but if you want to spend some extra bucks for heavy […]

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Harken Headsail Furlers

Is Harken the Best?¬†Well¬†that’s¬†a matter of opinion I guess. They are¬†definitely¬†one of the best. There is just no match for composite ball bearing furlers. The reason is that Harken Furlers and any composite bearing furlers can typically be easily serviced and maintained.¬†Essentially, in order to maintain your Harken Headsail Furler, all you have to do […]

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