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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.


nke Marine Electronics – Do I really need Wi-Fi?

 

nke Marine Electronics Sodebo

More sailors are jumping onboard with performance enhancing marine electronics than ever before, and we’ve had an influx of enquiries since adding nke Marine Electronics to upffront.com.

How do I rig the bobstay on my Trogear bowsprit?


 


Trogear Bowsprit Bobstay Rigging

The popularity of flying a code zero or asymmetric sail increased tenfold in 2018, with the trend set to soar in 2019 as more and more sailors take advantage of these high performance sails.

Millionaires Tape’ – What is it?!

 

PROtect Tapes 'Mask' 'Millionaires Tape'

PROtect Tapes produce a broad range of protective tapes for racing, cruising and super yachts, and have been providing effective solutions for chafing, abrasion and wear since 2008.

Fresh In: Tiller Extensions!


Spinlock Tiller Extension


Take a glance at upffront.com, and you’ll see we’ve got a brand-new category: ‘Steering Systems’.

In the future, this category will be stocked with all things steering – such as wheels, rudder blades and complete steering systems (coming soon!) – but to begin, we’re kicking off with some terrific tiller extensions.

How do I find the manufacture date and version number of my Andersen Winch?


Andersen Winches Product Identification Code Manufacture Date

Image Credit: Andersen Winches

Andersen Winches are a big name in the boating business. Designed and manufactured in Denmark, Andersen Winches have earnt a reputation for building first class, high quality winches.

Would you trust Dyneema® with your lifelines?


Dyneema Lifelines Gottifredi Maffioli Ultrawire

 

What are lifelines?

Although often overlooked and forgotten, lifelines are one of the most critical safety components on our boats. Whilst they are something to lean against whilst cruising, or hiked from when racing, their most important role is to act as the last and final attempt to keep your crew member safely onboard your boat.

Torsional Furling Rope – What’s an S-Splice!?


 


Torsional Furling Cable CC Kohlhoff RiggingWhen it comes to furling cables, custom top-down cables (for loose luff, asymmetrical gennakers) and bottom-up cables (for code zeros and staysails) can sometimes be expensive. For small to medium sized racing and cruising sailboats (up to 45ft), torsional rope can often be a viable and cost-effective alternative for performance furling systems.

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.