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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.


Top-down adapters: maximise the value of your furling unit

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You have a 39 footer and are interested in using the same furling unit for both your code zero and asymmetric spinnaker. We take a look at the furling unit options and discuss the available torsional cables depending on your sailing style and budget.

Is it worth paying the money for better running rigging?

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What is the cost vs. benefit trade-off for running rigging options on a 25 ft sailing boat? We take a look at three running rigging specs, from budget to full performance racing, and investigate whether the increase in cost is justified by the performance benefits.

Discount prices on Tylaska hardware

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 Tylaska have an impressive reputation. Their name is synonymous with the best snap shackles on the market.

J70 Running Rigging

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Upffront.com has supplied many running rigging packages for top level J70 campaigns. Find out what is currently "hot" when it comes to driving the best performance out of these exciting sports boats.

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

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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

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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?

 Upffront.com for all your rigging supplies including an extensive range of furling units and accessories

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.