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    The Baby Karver Furler - KF0.9

    Image credit :© Karver

     

    “Sailing faster or with less effort is often limited due to poor equipment ”- Marin Clausin: Karver CEO. Reputed for their innovation, the French sailing hardware manufacturer has added a new product to their furler family. Years of experience in offshore racing and cruising equipment has been brought together into this innovative “baby Karver furler”, the KF0.9”.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Brand New Bamar Furling

    Bamar Furling RLG EVO

    If you’re a regular visitor to Upffront.com, you will have noticed two new impressive additions to our website: the Bamar RLG EVO Gennaker Furling and the Bamar GFM Manual Foresail Furling systems.

     

    Although a mere drop in the ocean of Bamar’s extensive furling range, Upffront.com are thrilled to launch our Bamar collection with these two well-engineered product ranges.

    Facnor LS/LX/RX - Genoa Sail Furling


    Facnor LS LX RX Genoa Sail Furling

     

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – here at Upffront we are passionate about lighter, faster and safer sailing. As a result, we are constantly searching for performance orientated solutions that will optimise sailing for all. However, whilst we offer lightweight solutions for a variety of sail configurations, it is the traditional furling system that comes up trumps for use with a single, large genoa sail that needs to be reefed.

    Fresh In: Facnor FlatDeck Genoa Furling System

    Facnor FlatDeck Furling System

    It’s no surprise that the Facnor FlatDeck is the newest addition to the Upffront website: it’s the latest in genoa furling innovation.

    Facnor are the self-professed ‘worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing furling systems’. Award-winning, the French brand possess over 30 years experience in the marine industry, providing furling systems for shipyards, ocean sailors and racers.

    Looking at a code zero? You need a Trogear Bowsprit

     

    Trogear Bowsprit
    Trogear Marine Products are the freshest addition to the Upffront portfolio. 

     

    Formed in 2012 by development engineer Jindrich Dokonal, Trogear are creating a buzz around their Trogear Adjustable Bowsprits. Tried and test for many years – and patented in 2012 – the bowsprit is popular with racers, cruisers and single-handed sailors.

    Choosing the right code zero or gennaker furler

    Facnor_FX4500 drum

    How do I choose the right code zero or gennaker furling unit for my boat? Data from 8 well-known manufacturers is reviewed and conclusions drawn to help guide you to an appropriate unit for your needs.

     

    A quick review of the available data will tell you that sizing the correct furling unit for your boat is NOT an exact science!

     

    The correct method for specifying a unit is by the Safe Working Load (SWL) and this is the one consistently available piece of information, across all manufacturers. Unfortunately, few, if any, people really know the SWL of their forestay or their Code zero tack load.

    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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