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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.


A Beginners Guide to Cam Cleats


Boat Cleats cc Facnor
Image Credit: Ronstan © Victor Kovalenko

Your sailing system is only as strong as the weakest link. Often overlooked, high performance boat cleats are a crucial part of a larger, functional sailing system.


Guest Blog - Furling Your Mainsail

 

Main Sail Furling
BY ANDY RICE, INTERVIEWING BJARNE LORENZEN

Most of the time we think of furling headsails but as Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu explains, there are options for furling your mainsail too. In the fifth and final post from this series, Bjarne considers the pros and cons of ‘in boom’ or ‘in mast’.

Measuring a Torsional Cable: Tackle Luff Length Troubles

 

Torsional Cable Luff Length CC Doyle Oleu Sailmakers

Image Credit: Doyle Oleu Sailmakers

Previously on the upffront.com blog, we looked at how to measure a new torsional cable for your boat, and emphasised the importance of an accurate measurement to ensure a correct cable specification for your new code zero or downwind asymmetric.

nke Marine Electronics – Do I need the Man Overboard (M.O.B.) Module?

 

nke Marine Electronics Man Overboard Class 40

As the trend for performance enhancing marine electronics continues to grow, here at upffront.com we have decided to make things simple for our customers: we’ve crafted six, turn-key, nke autopilot and navigation packages, which are suitable for both racers and cruisers of all levels (including grand prix!).

What Information is Required to Specify the Correct Genoa Furling System?


Facnor Flatdeck Genoa Furling System
 
So, you’re in the market for a new genoa reefing system… either your existing furling unit is extremely old - and spare parts aren’t available anymore - or you’re choosing to switch from a forestay with hanks for more comfortable cruising.

Electric Bowsprit Furler - Brand-New from Bamar

 Bamar BWSE Bowsprit Electric FurlerWhilst performance enhancing marine electronics - such as nke - continue to thrive in popularity, more and more people are also choosing to turn their heads towards the automatisation of various sailing systems.

Furling Drum Locks - to lock, or not to lock?


Facnor Furling Drum Lock

There is somewhat of a debate over the use of drum locks on a continuous line furling drum.

As it says on the tin, a drum lock is designed to lock a continuous line furling drum in place, in order to prevent accidental unfurling – which can be inconvenient and potentially dangerous.

Dyneema® Braided Cover: The Latest Addition to Your Tool Kit


Dyneema Cover
 
Dyneema® is the strongest fibre in the world. 10 times stronger than steel, and 7 to 10 times lighter than a steel wire of equivalent size, Dyneema® is one of the most durable and sought-after materials on the sailing market.

Lash Thimbles – What are they, and how do I use them?


Rope Thimble CC Kohlhoff
 
Lash thimble, ferrule, rope thimble, bobbin or low friction ring…
Whatever you call them, there’s no denying they are the perfect (low cost!) solution for a multitude of applications.

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.