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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.


PROtect Tapes Take on Regatta Plastic Pollution


PROtect Tapes Bow Tackles Plastic Pollution

 

Image Credit: PROtect Tapes

Plastic pollution is no secret - and its impact has been particularly damaging for our oceans and sea life. This can feel especially hard to stomach in the sailing circle: as ocean lovers, it is hard to admit that our racing or cruising might be having a negative impact on the environment.

Guest Blog - The Ups and Downs of Top-down Furling

Karver_top-down

Image credit: Karver

BY ANDY RICE, INTERVIEWING BJARNE LORENZEN

In part three of this blog series, Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu explains the benefits of top-down furling, one of the big developments of the past decade which has trickled down to the cruising scene from the Volvo Ocean Race.

Ubi Maior Italia: The Unique Jiber Furling System


Ubi Maior Italia Jiber Furling System

Florence based Ubi Maior Italia are breaking boundaries with their patented Jiber Furling System – a structural furling forestay system with the benefits of a traditional furling system.

Guest Blog - Why and When You Need a Code Zero


Code Zero CC Bjarne Lorenzen Meike Brunssen Knierim Yachtbau

BY ANDY RICE, INTERVIEWING BJARNE LORENZEN
Image Credit: Bjarne Lorenzen, Meike Brunssen Knierim Yachtbau

In the last blog, Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu talked about the exciting new performance cruiser, the 39BEN built by Bente in Germany. While the sail plan will develop over time, the code zero was one of the first sails to go into the inventory. Here, Lorenzen explains the appeal of the code zero, a sail that emerged from the offshore racing world and is now firmly established as an essential part of a modern cruising sail package.


Measuring Your Boat for a New Torsional Cable


Facnor Code ZeroImage credit: Facnor

You have decided to go for a new code zero or downwind asymmetric. To ensure the furling system fits your boat, it is important to take a physical measurement of the maximum space available from the attachment point of the drum to the full hoist halyard position.

Loop Products: An Introduction


Loop Products Block

Loop Products are a German firm who pride themselves on hard work and innovation. Formed in 2005, Loop Products is the brainchild of Kohlhoff GmbH – a deck hardware specialist and wholesaler of top brands since 1991.

Guest Blog - Main Halyard Locks


Karver Reef Hook 

By: Nick Black/Andy Rice

The final in our series on lock systems for sailing yachts, Andy Rice talks to Nick Black - from Rigging Projects - about mainsail locks.

A Guide to Mooring Lines


Robline Mooring Line

Image Credit: FSE Robline

 

What is a mooring line?

Arguably, one of the most important pieces of kit onboard your boat is a mooring line; it’s all well and good having a great boat, but if you can’t safely secure it at the quay, harbour or pier then you’re in real trouble. 

Transform Your Sailing with the Velocitek Speedpuck Speedometer


Velocitek Speedpuck Speedometer

Image Credit: Velocitek and Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM

Located on the North shore of Hawaiian island Maui, Velocitek are a marine electronics firm who are – amongst other things - passionate about spending time on the water. When they’re not busy sailing or surfing – or fighting for the protection of our lakes and oceans - Velocitek work hard to design beautifully simple, intuitive and elegant marine electronics with top flight functionality, helping sailors of all levels to enjoy peak performance on the water.

Cousin Trestec Constrictor – A Textile Rope Clutch!?


Cousin Constrictor Textile Rope Clutch

At some point in our lives, we have all experienced the vice-like grip of the 'Chinese finger trap'; when pulled, the cylindrical, woven braid is designed to contract and constrain the finger. It is this mechanism that forms the simple premise behind French brand Cousin Trestec’s rope ‘constrictor’.