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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.

An introduction to the all-new

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This year is’s 5th anniversary, and to celebrate we are pleased to announced the launch of an all-new website platform, which we have been working on for the last 6 months. This site and the underlying technology is a major transition/transformation and so we felt it was an appropriate moment to re-introduce ourselves and explain what we are trying to achieve.

Gottifredi Maffioli Cruising Lines Explained

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Family run, Italian rope makers, Gottifredi Maffioli, have an international reputation as one of the leading brands across the full spectrum of yachting lines from Olympic class dinghies, grand-prix TP52s and mini-maxis to the largest superyachts.

Karver’s Double Whammy at the DAME Awards


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The Dame Awards are the leisure marine industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, awarded every year at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), held in Amsterdam each November. They are awarded to recognise products that demonstrate excellence in design and innovation.

Armare Ropes: Local Ropemaker to America's Cup Supplier

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Despite being a small, family-run business, Armare Ropes are operating at the top of their game.

Boasting five generations of knowledge, the traditional ropemaker has earned its place as a leading specialist, and is now proud to be the official Emirates Team New Zealand rope supplier.

Robline Rope: Cruising Ranges Explained

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The success of Robline as an international rope brand is based on decades of expertise in manufacturing fibre ropes, the experience of professional sailors in the company, and the intensive collaboration with Olympic gold medalists and regatta-winning sailors.

nke Depth and Speed sensors explained


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The marine industry has been awash with new and exciting technological innovations in recent years and, standing at the forefront are companies like nke marine electronics. nke are the standard for the majority of mini-transat and IMOCA 60 classes. They provide electronics for many different functions and for many different types of sailor. You can find out more about the full range of nke products available on our website here.

Tylaska Cone and Plug Fids explained

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Image credits: Premium Ropes

Tylaska Marine Hardware is an American manufacturer of high quality- marine hardware for the sailing and marine industry. Tylaska’s stated aim is to make the best product based upon physics and not economics. They do not cut corners which probably explains why Tylaska products are as highly valued now, as they were 25 years ago. In this blog, we will explain what fids are, their purpose and we will outline the 3 remote operation fids, their uses and how to choose between the three depending on application.

Velocitek: The Best Solution to get your Electronics Strapped in


Velocitek electronics on boat

Credit: Velocitek

Simple, clear and extremely functional. Velocitek electronics are popular among sailors from beginners to competition veterans thanks to their functional design and ease of use. Upffront are big fans of the Velocitek range of electronics and you can find previous blogs here on the Prism, Prostart and Speedpuck.

Tuff Luff head foils - Care and Maintenance



Tuff Luff’s twin-grooved headfoil allows for easy and fast headsail changes. It is a must-have system for any club or competitive race boat. Tuff Luff is owned by Schaefer Marine Inc. who has been in marine hardware design since 1966.

Sailing Hardware and Rigging Innovation at METs 2019


Image credits: METs Trade

It’s been a busy week at METS, the biggest, and undoubtedly best trade marine show in the world. Our mission here has been to catch up with our existing manufacturers and suppliers and find their interesting developments and to connect with new manufacturers so we can bring more cool products to Upffront customers.