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    Gottifredi Maffioli Safeline Max – Dyneema® lifelines for yachts

    Sitting on the rail against lifelines

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    Textile Dyneema® lifelines are an increasingly popular choice for cruising as well as racing sailboats. They offer some clear advantages and that is why premium Italian rope manufacturer, Gottifredi Maffioli, has a dedicated lifeline material called Safeline Max. In this blog we outline the key features and benefits of Dyneema® lifelines for yachts.

    Sailboat Composite Standing Rigging – Material Options

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    Having established the significant advantages of reducing rigging weight aloft (view previous blog here), next we would like to look at the composite rigging options available on the market. However, before we get to that point, we need to take a little diversion into basic material properties to provide some background context.

    Stripping and recovering yacht ropes – when, where and why?

    Dyneema cover credit: Kohlhoff

     

    The majority of yacht ropes are double braid construction i.e. with a core and braided cover. The purpose of this cover is to protect the core from general chafe, abrasion and UV damage but also to provide grip and durability of the line on winches and in clutches. Yacht ropes are manufactured in a uniform construction, but customisation is relatively quick, easy and inexpensive and adds a whole new dimension to optimising your running rigging. In this article we look at why, when and where to use cover stripping and re-covering techniques to improve your running rigging systems.

    Sailboat Hardware Soft Attachments – Fad or Paradigm Shift?

    Morf Block soft block attachments

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    There is an increasing trend towards soft attachment of sailing hardware and rigging i.e. using a lashing or soft loop, however they are not a catch-all solution. In this article we look at the benefits and some caveats around the use of soft attachments plus discuss where metal fixings are still the right option.

    Ino-ending - The end of the line?

     

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    When it comes to the Ino-block range, the manufacturer firmly believes that simplicity is key, and we tend to agree with them.

    Based on the same concept as the innovative Ino-block, the Ino-ending block has been stripped of many of the shortcomings of a traditional block. No central metal axle that could warp or crack, no pins or shackles that could shatter, no ball bearings or other complex moving parts. Instead the block has been reduced to three simple pieces.

    Composite Backstays: Your Quick Fix for Maximum Performance


    Composite Backstays on Scandinavia 35 © Ronstan

    Image Credit: Ronstan

    Previously on our blog, we introduced our range of new Kohlhoff composite backstays, manufactured from Gottifredi Maffioli’s lightweight – but incredibly strong – Ultrawire.

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


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    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.

    Would you trust Dyneema® with your lifelines?


    Dyneema Lifelines Gottifredi Maffioli Ultrawire

     

     

    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.

    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.

    The Cousin Constrictor® Textile Rope Clutch


    Cousin Constrictor Textile Rope Clutch

     

    At some point in our lives, we have all experienced the vice-like grip of the 'Chinese finger trap'; when pulled, the cylindrical, woven braid is designed to contract and constrain the finger. It is this mechanism that forms the simple premise behind the Constrictor® Textile Rope Clutch.

    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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