Your sailboat rigging should be thoroughly checked once a season. The best way to do this is by pulling the mast or masts out of the boat and running down a check list. One can also spot most major problems from a bosun’s chair, and if done regularly, is generally more cost effective. It is […]Read More Inspecting Your Mast and Rigging
It’s Boat Show Time and we are back at it again. Please come see us, ask us questions and see what we have to Offer. Mention this Blog and receive a voucher for a FREE Rig Tune and Rigging Inspection. Thanks and see you at the show.Read More US Sailboat Show, Annapolis
This may seem a little long winded, but going aloft on a sailboat mast is serious business and should not be taken lightly. Serious injury or death can occur, so please take every precaution. I would like to take a moment to talk about some of the methods that we use to ensure our safety […]Read More Going Aloft Like the Pros
I see you! Here we are aloft again. This time to try and (unsuccessfully) drop-in a new spare Main Halyard. There was foam inside the mast for noise dampening. This foam caused our plumbers chain to get snagged on the way down….no matter how hard we tried. Stevens 50 is a pretty slick little old […]Read More Views from Aloft
Today’s spars are usually made of composite carbon fiber or aluminum extrusions. Both of these mast materials, just like old wooden masts, require a finish. Whereas wooden masts were typically coated with a clear varnish, they could also be found painted. These more traditional finishes were typically brush applied or rolled and tipped. Spray finishes became […]Read More Spar Finishes
A beautiful day in Friendship, Maryland Click the image for a better view! We went aloft on this completely re-rigged Beneteau 411 to cover tang holes. The birds were making their way-in and building a nest. Who wouldn’t, those are some big holes that make a great front door. “Come on in” We used black […]Read More Views From Aloft
A radar reflector is used to help make your vessel more identifiable by other boats and ships that use radar to scan for vessels as well as other obstructions. In the world of radar reflectors there are many, many options. For sailboats the options are narrowed down a bit, but there is still much controversy over […]Read More Which Radar Reflector?
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing WINS!!!! I can’t think of a more deserving team. Although I am an Alvimedica fan at heart, I had my heart set on Azzam to win this from the get-go. Mainly because I am such a fan of Ian Walker. Now that the race is over, I don’t know what to do […]Read More Sick of Sailing – Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
What is a deck tie down? A deck tie down keeps the deck from being pulled up on keel stepped masts, where the mast does not sit on the deck. When the halyards are led aft via turning blocks attached to either the mast collar or the deck surrounding it, the deck will try and […]Read More Deck Tie Downs
Check out this footage of Team Artemis in Bermuda. They are the first AC challenger to launch – They had great weather and perfect breeze for trials.Read More Keeping Up With The Cup
YIKES! If it inspired you to consider your chainplates then read here for more information on chainplate service and inspection. ~T.R.C.Read More Chain Plate Service Anyone?
An absolutely GORGEOUS day on the bay. This trip aloft was to retrieve a skyed main halyard and conduct a basic visual safety inspection. This was our first ‘Views from Aloft’ this year, taken last month on the Magothy River in beautiful Arnold Maryland. I have to say the Island Packet 38 is one of […]Read More Views from Aloft