Rod Rigging

¬† ¬† In the world of sailboat standing rigging there are three common materials used, stainless steel wire, Nitronic 50 rod, and various types of synthetic fibers, which are¬†becoming¬†more and more popular. I want to talk today about Nitronic 50 stainless steel rod. This specific type of stainless steel is very strong and noble. Rod […]

Read More Rod Rigging

How to Service Your Winches

Some winches are more difficult to service than others. If you do not know what to expect, certain parts, depending on manufacturer, can come sliding out at inopportune¬†times and jump overboard! I happen to know this from personal¬†experience¬†and if you are really unlucky (like I was) then it may be a part from a vintage […]

Read More How to Service Your Winches


The sailboat block¬†(commonly referred to as a pulley) is used to turn a line¬†or wire¬†as well as to facilitate a purchase. The parts of a block, in simple terms, consist of the following: a sheave for the line to run on a sheave pin or axle for the sheave to spin on a strap or […]

Read More Blocks

Rope Clutches

As most things in life, there are pluses and minuses.¬†Lewmar¬†and¬†Spinlock¬†clutches are no exception. ¬†Let’s have a look…… Lewmar boasts of their “domino” style locking mechanism. Spinlock raves about their cam being a superior rope grabbing mechanism. Well, both are pretty cool and¬†both¬†have their place, let’s have a look… One of the downsides¬†to the Lewmar clutch, […]

Read More Rope Clutches

The Annapolis Spring Boat Show Lives On!

Well folks,¬†apparently the last one was such a success that they’re doing it again.¬†U.S. Yacht Shows¬†proudly presents, the second annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show 2013. The event will be held in Annapolis’¬†historical downtown, City Dock. The Annapolis Fall boat show, has helped to build the town’s reputation for hosting the largest boat show in the […]

Read More The Annapolis Spring Boat Show Lives On!

Views from Aloft

It is the time of year for rig inspections. Here, we are aloft in the beautiful Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. This trip aloft was courtesy of a Lewmar Electric Winch, what more could you ask for, going up!? On second thought, we could have used a bit more sunshine, but “beggars can’t be choosers.” […]

Read More Views from Aloft

The ‘Riggers’ of the Sailboat World

Sean Simmons (Partner) Started in the marine industry in 1988 working for Harbor Yacht Rigging in Baltimore, Md as a Riggers Apprentice¬†under¬†the¬†tutelage¬†of¬†gentleman¬†named Tom Snow. Then was later promoted to another job in 1990 at the nearby, Get-a-way Sailing School as the Chief Technician. Around 1993 he was hired at the old Tidewater Marine Center, also […]

Read More The ‘Riggers’ of the Sailboat World