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We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

Introduction to Core Fibres in Modern Ropes

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There are many core materials used in rope making (e.g. Vectran®, PBO, polypropylene, hemp, nylon etc) but the vast majority of modern ropes are based on a polyester, or increasingly, a Dyneema® core. Get a basic introduction to the benefits and weaknesses of these two primary core fibres.

Basic Running Rigging Terminology

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If you are looking at upgrading your running rigging, before you delve into the manufacturers catalogues there are a few key terms you need to understand.

Running Rigging Selection - Where to start?

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There are so many great performance ropes to choose from...... but where to start? Based on your sailing level/style, understand some of the basic principles so you know what you are looking for. 

Product comparison: Top-down furling system for 42ft cruising boat


You have a 42ft cruising boat and you are looking for options for a top-down furling system (for free-flying downwind asymmetric sails). We take a quick look at your main furling unit and cable choices in this size range.

World exclusive: Introducing the MORPH Block


Upffront.com is very pleased to introduce the MORF Block from G-Yacht Design - the lightweight, flexible, strong, all-purpose modular block system.

Which top-down furler do I choose for my 25' sports boat?

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The time of year for finalising your rigging supplies for the season is fast approaching. You have a 25ft sportsboat and need a top-down furler, which one should you choose?

One of upffront.com's key principles is to offer a good selection of hardware and rigging options with high quality technical information to give you the information you need to make informed product choices.

Introducing the LOOP® Products E-Furler

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Launched at Dusseldorf Boatshow 2017, the LOOP® Products E-Furler 1500 brings push-button technology, safety and comfort to sports boat gennaker furling.

Furling system: options & accessories

 Facnor furling drum with ratchet

When purchasing a furling system, there are several other considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure you have a fully operational furling system. Some are basic / essentials and others are optional extra’s.

DrSails® emergency epoxy adhesive


Understand what DrSails® emergency epoxy adhesive is, and what four key features make it the "go-to" adhesive for professional sailors?

How do I choose the right code 0 or gennaker furler for my boat?

Upffront.com is your online hub for rigging suppies including an extensive range of furling units and furling accessories 

How do I choose the right code zero or gennaker furling unit for my boat? Data from 8 well-known manufacturers is reviewed and conclusions drawn to help guide you to an appropriate unit for your needs.