ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOW 2017!!

The Boat Show is back and so are we. Bigger and better than ever before, TRC has recently expanded its team and its booth. We have joined up with BSI Denmark to provide our customers with top quality Rod Rigging fittings. So come by our booth, see our new digs, and talk to BSI and […]

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The Solent Has Its Own Stay!

A stay that gets its name from a strait¬†separating the Isle of Wight¬†from the mainland of southern England,¬†the Solent. This traditionally windy¬†place¬†with strong currents can cause rough sea¬†conditions and can make for some interesting sailing, to say the least.¬†This¬†body¬†of water is also famous for hosting one of sailing’s largest events known as Cowes Week. These […]

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The Vang

Wiktionary.org¬†offers this defintion of the word vang. Although the etymology is all very interesting. The latter is the one we are the most interested in. Below is a good video describing the benefits of the boom vang and when to use it. The Boom Vang, in its simplest form, is a block and tackle arranged […]

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How to Step a Mast

Before stepping the mast there needs to be several¬†preparations¬†in order for everything to go smoothly once the crane arrives. So take your time and double, triple check everything in order to keep from having to go aloft, or worse, having to re-step the mast once the mast has been stepped. Below you’ll see a few […]

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Un-stepping the Mast

When un-stepping the mast there are several things that need to happen in preparation for the actual mast removal. The following tips and procedures are in line with the methods we use for boats up to 55′. Small boats or big boats alike, first things must come first. All of the sails and sail covers […]

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How to Tune a Sailboat Mast

Here are some general¬†guidelines¬†for tuning your mast’s standing rigging. Please see our blog on¬†how to properly adjust a turnbuckle¬†before you begin. As always we recommend seeking the advice of a¬†professional¬†rigger for more specific tips and tricks regarding tuning your boat’s rigging. Your boat must be in the water. Begin by just slacking off all of […]

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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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