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    Alphalock Halyard Locks – Simply the Best?

    Alphalock Mainsail Lock

     

    The Alphalock brand is a relative newcomer on the sailing hardware scene but its CEO, Eric Hall – founder of Hall Spars and inventor of their renowned Hall Autolocks - is anything but “the new kid on the block”! Eric has taken all his years’ experience and channeled them into producing an ultra-simple, lightweight and adaptable halyard locking mechanism.

    Practical Tips on Cruising Halyard Locks

    Facnor 3T External Halyard Lock

    Photo Credits: Jason Ball

     

    Halyard locks are almost universally accepted in racing circles and are becoming increasingly popular with long distance cruisers, as they recognise the significant benefits.

    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 - 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.

    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.

    Guest Post- Internal vs. External Halyard Locks


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    By: Andy Rice, SailJuice

     

    Co-owner of independent rigging company, Rigging Projects, Nick Black is one of the most sought-after riggers in the business. One way or another Nick’s work has made its way into most of the top tiers of the sport - the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendée Globe, the grand prix circuits like the TP52s, and in the superyacht scene.

     

    In the previous article we talked about the fundamental benefits of having sails secured by a lock system as opposed to the traditional halyard cleated off at deck level.

     

    Once you’ve decided to install a lock system, the next decision is, are you going for internal or external?

    Guest Post- Nick Black takes stock of Halyard Locks

     

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    By: Andy Rice, SailJuice

     

    Co-owner of independent rigging company, Rigging Projects, Nick Black is one of the most sought-after riggers in the business. One way or another Nick’s work has made its way into most of the top tiers of the sport - the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendée Globe, the grand prix circuits like the TP52s, and in the superyacht scene.

    Upffront presents DAME nominated products at METS

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    Next week is the annual Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), held in Amsterdam (Nov 14-16, 2017) and Upffront will be showing all the latest performance sailing hardware and rigging products. 

    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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