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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.


Guest Post- Nick Black takes stock of Locks

 

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By: Andy Rice, SailJuice

Co-owner of independent rigging company, Rigging Projects, Nick Black is one of the most sought-after riggers in the business. One way or another Nick’s work has made its way into most of the top tiers of the sport - the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendée Globe, the grand prix circuits like the TP52s, and in the superyacht scene.

Pontos Winches get ‘Karverized’

 

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Some exciting news this month from one of our favourite French deck hardware suppliers, Karver Systems, who acquired Pontos winches in February this year.

 

Pontos was another innovative start-up French company based on St Malo who brought their innovative 4 speed winches to the market in 2012/2013. They dominated the media for the following 2-3 years, coming first in Yachting World’s New Year’s Top 10 (2013) and with feature articles in Yachting Monthly, Practical Boat Owner, Sail World, Seahorse and Yachting World all of whom were impressed and wondering why no-one had done this before.

 

Up Your Game with the Velocitek ProStart

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“The best distance-to-line tool ever”, the Velocitek ProStart boasts; compact, distraction-free and easy-to-use.

Velocitek – a leading performance sailing company – has created a device that is truly unique. The ProStart, suitable for dinghy’s and sports boats, is the result of customer feedback that demanded a straightforward, dedicated ‘distance to line’ device. Consequently, the ‘distance to line’ measurement is displayed on the digital interface in metres, updating twice a second, and depicted in large numbers that are easy to read at a quick glance.

 

Basic Rope Maintenance

GM Ropes on Groupama

 

Saltwater and dirt tears away at the fibres of the rope, shortening their lifespan. ‘Salty ropes’ are damp, thus collect more dirt. Ropes aren’t cheap. Proper maintenance ensures you get the most out of your ropes.

Cleaning lines isn’t only a matter of cosmetics; clean ropes are easier to handle. This is especially the case for overworked ropes such as genoa and mainsheets. As a minimum, ropes should be cleaned properly at least once a year, at the end of the season.

 

Structural Furling Forestays

 

structural furler

Continuous line furlers, together with a torsional cable, is an alternative furling system for the main structural forestay. This is an increasingly popular, lightweight choice for both racing and cruising sailors.

What is a “Structural Furling Forestay”?

The main forestay on a sailing yacht is a crucial part of its “standing rigging”. It is a permanent installation, normally with a fixed length, and an essential element for maintaining the correct rig tension and tune.

Choosing the right winch!

Maffioli Rope on winch 2

Choosing a winch can be daunting. The main decision criteria may be size or power Ratio, but Style, Speeds, Material and Grip are also of a consideration. That’s without going into powered options (electric / hydraulic), and then an extensive range of winch handle styles and sizes! Winches are an expensive bit of equipment and an educated choice will save you from unnecessary spend.

The Difference between Plain, Ball and Roller Bearings

Karver KB Blocks at mastbase

Deck blocks are evolving. Bearings are constantly improving, as manufacturers endeavour to minimize friction in different load cases.

Types of bearings

Apart from number of sheaves, blocks can also be categorised by their bearings.

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Plain bearings: Although the name itself sounds quite vague, these are smooth, solid surfaces that
move across each other. The sheave rotates across the central hub. 

Winch service made easy!

Andersen Winch 46ST [RA2046010000] With Rope B

 

Type in ‘how to service a winch’ on Google, and the results you will get are endless. There are two types of steps to take: those that are universal to all winches, and those that are applicable to specific models. In this post, we discuss minimum requirements for servicing.

Ronstan Core Block Range

coreblock generalRonstan invested significant time and effort in developing this functional and stylish range, for keelboat sailors.

Core Blocks come in three standard sizes:

Core 45 – Max rope diameter 12 mm, Boats up to 33ft*

Core 60 – Max rope diameter 12 mm, Boats up to 36ft*

Sailing Blocks- Basic Glossary

 
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Different types of sailing blocks have been designed to cover all types of sailing controls. But, do you know your Fiddle from your BecketThe following definitions, or in this case ablockssary, will help you understand basic block terminology.