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    Gottifredi Maffioli Cruising Lines Explained

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    Family run, Italian rope makers, Gottifredi Maffioli, have an international reputation as one of the leading brands across the full spectrum of yachting lines from Olympic class dinghies, grand-prix TP52s and mini-maxis to the largest superyachts.

    Robline Rope: Cruising Ranges Explained

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    The success of Robline as an international rope brand is based on decades of expertise in manufacturing fibre ropes, the experience of professional sailors in the company, and the intensive collaboration with Olympic gold medalists and regatta-winning sailors.

    Guest Blog - Main Halyard Locks


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    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.

    Guest Post - Furling Halyard Locks

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    By: Nick Black / Andy Rice                                                               

    Most modern boats today have a form of top-down furling. If you don’t already use this method of sail handling, it’s worth considering a retrofit. Compared with hoisting and dropping spinnakers and gennakers in the conventional way, and all the potential for mistakes that go with that, top-down furling is a much more user-friendly and less risky way of handling big downwind sails.

    Make Waves with nke Marine Electronics


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    It’s the age of information, and global technological advancements have revolutionised our lives and industries alike. As with many others, the sailing industry has benefitted from the introduction of marine electronics that make it easier to access, record and analyse information, such as speed and wind direction.

    Guest Post- Internal Halyard locks

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    By: Nick Black / Andy Rice

    In the last blog post we talked about the pros and cons of External versus Internal lock systems. Here we’ll look more closely at the internal systems available, which tend to be aimed at the performance-oriented programs that are prepared to pay more for superior aerodynamics.

    Lengths of Sheets and Halyards

    Lengths for sheets and halyards

    We have previously discussed taking care of ropes, but, how long should these ropes even be? As previously mentioned, ropes are an essential element of your rigging system, and optimising your running rigging lengths is important.

    Guest Post- What is the perfect sail wardrobe for blue-water cruising?


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    Continuing our series of ‘Guest Posts’, this week, we asked Charles ‘Butch ‘Ulmer from UK Sailmakers NY for his thoughts on setting up the most favourable offshore cruising headsail configuration.

     

    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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