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 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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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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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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