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    Best Sailing Boat Blocks in 2021

    Sailboat Mastbase blocks

     

    In this blog we take a quick look at what is new and/or interesting in the sailing block world in 2021.

    The C-Tech SnuffAir - Lighter than Air!

    Snuffair jesusrenedo

     

    With large sails, strong winds and small crews, even the most experienced sailors need some extra help. The C-Tech SnuffAir snuffer allows larger sailboats to more easily manage spinnakers in a safe, controlled way.

    Antal Roller Cleat – A Sleek Solution for Mooring

    Antal Roller Cleat On Deck

     

    Italian manufacturer Antal produce a lot of cool products that we find are hugely popular on Upffront.com. From their blocks to their winches, Antal products seem to strike the perfect balance between cost, quality and innovation.

    Choosing the right shackle – Where do I start?

    Soft solution for shackles

     

    Many shackles and connectors are functionally very similar, so it can be difficult to know exactly what shackle is best for each application. That’s why we have put together this blog to walk you through all of the types of shackles available at upfront.com and tips on where to use them.

    Harken Electric Winch Range Explained

    Harken Electric Winch Range Explained

    Photo © Marjolein Rueter via Harken

     

    Harken have long been a popular choice for winches due to their quality, with their winches aboard everything from the smallest sportsboats to the largest mega yachts.

     

    When it comes to electric winches, Harken have an excellent range for both cruisers and racers with varying features to choose from, including 1, 2, and 3 speeds, horizontal, vertical and compact motor configurations, ‘shaped grip’ or ‘sandblasted grip’ and a rewind feature.  

     

    Introducing the Spinlock Deckvest Range

    Deckvest spinlock sailing

     

    When it comes to safety, we know you want the best for yourself and your crew. Just launched on our website ‘Safety’ category are Spinlock Deckvests – the world-renowned go-to lifejacket for hobby sailors, offshore cruisers and racers alike.

    Bamar RLG EVO ROLLGEN Top Down Furling System

    BAMAR RLG EVO Rollgen top down furler

     

    The Best Sail Race Computer - Velocitek Prostart or the Novasail NS-START. Pro?

    Velocitek Novasail

     

    Velocitek and Novasail have long been leaders in the sailing electronics industry. This blog will compare the flagship race computers from each, the Velocitek Prostart and the Novasail NS-START.Pro to give you an idea of the pros and cons of each and help you to choose the right one for your boat and your racing set up.

    Morfrac Systems Discuss the Future of Deck Hardware

    Image Credit: Botin Partners 85 (2020), via Morfrac Systems

    Image Credit: Botin Partners 85 (2020), via Morfrac Systems

     

    Deck hardware has come full circle. Now, designers favour simple designs that make use of high-performance materials over complex concepts. We spoke to Nicolas Goldenberg of Morfrac Systems, the mind behind the disruptive morfblock, about the evolution of deck hardware and his predictions for the future.

    Introducing Premium Ropes and Stirotex Fibre

    Credit: Premium Ropes

    Photo Credit © Premium Ropes

     

    Premium Ropes is an Amsterdam based rope supplier, rigging workshop and resource centre for all things running rigging.

    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.

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