Winterize Your Rigging

Winterizing a boat is very important, but most people forget about the rigging. Sometimes even the sails. This is actually not that much work, it’s just that most people don’t know what this might entail. Here is what we riggers consider when the sailing season comes to a close.   Remove the Halyards,¬†Attach a messenger […]

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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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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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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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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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The Integral Backstay Adjuster

Integral backstay adjusters can play a big role in how a boat sails. Being able to adjust the backstay tension from the pump of a handle can be useful on cruisers just as much as racers. We all need to make general changes to the boats trim depending on wind and wave conditions in order […]

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Inspecting Your Mast and Rigging

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‚Äôs chair, and if done regularly, is generally more cost effective. It is […]

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Going Aloft Like the Pros

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 […]

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Spar Finishes

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 […]

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Deck Tie Downs

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 […]

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