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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.


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.

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.