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    Best Sailing Boat Blocks in 2021

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

    Karver KF V3 Furler Accessories Guide

    Karver V3 KF Furler

     

    The Karver KF V3 range is now available at upfront.com. With this latest iteration of their popular KF furlers, Karver have moved away from dedicated top down drums in favour of a more flexible modular system.

    This blog will outline the accessories available for the KF V3 range and help you identify what will fit best into your set up.

     

    Karver Winches – A Truly Unique Proposition

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    Karver are relatively new to the world of sailboat winches but they are bringing something completely different to the market. Their KSW Speed and KPW Power winch ranges may not suit every application but by being totally unique, if you fall in their sweet spot, they can offer some dramatic advantages.

    Exploring the Karver KBO Block Range

    Karver KBO Blocks

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    Karver are renowned for manufacturing simple, reliable and high-performance sailing solutions, often utilising user-feedback from sailors in the design process to create products that emphasise innovation and ease of use. Consequently, it’s no surprise that Karver hardware is a favourite on high-tech racing yachts, plus on the decks of ambitious cruisers too.

    New Product Launch - Karver V3 Furlers

    Karver V3 KF Furler

     

    Karver have just released details of a major redesign of their entire KF continuous line furler range. Almost 20 years of end user feedback and manufacturing experience have been brought together in this extensive upgrade. We are busy working to get the new range online but in the meantime, here is a summary of the key features of the 2021 Karver V3 KF Furlers.

    Replacing your Karver Furler Quick Release Spring Kit

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    The Karver range of furling units has come a long way in the last 10-15 years, with each aspect of the design seeing incremental improvements. Captive pins with quick release mechanisms are almost universal on furling drums and swivels these days and they too have seen considerable development. The quick release mechanisms rely on small springs which can get damaged and require replacement. This blog will outline the evolution of the Karver captive pin systems and help you identify the correct replacement spring kit for your Karver furler.

    Karver’s Double Whammy at the DAME Awards

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    The Dame Awards are the leisure marine industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, awarded every year at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), held in Amsterdam each November. They are awarded to recognise products that demonstrate excellence in design and innovation.

    Sailing Hardware and Rigging Innovation at METs 2019

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    It’s been a busy week at METS, the biggest, and undoubtedly best trade marine show in the world. Our mission here has been to catch up with our existing manufacturers and suppliers and find their interesting developments and to connect with new manufacturers so we can bring more cool products to Upffront customers.

    The Baby Karver Furler - KF0.9

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    “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 is a Top-Down Adapter?

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    The top-down adapter, also known as a tack swivel, is an increasingly popular evolution of the top-down furling system. This technique provides cruisers and racers alike, simplicity, safety and speed for the handling of loose luff sails such as asymmetric spinnakers and gennakers.

    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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