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    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.

    Plug & Play Forestay Load with the Cyclops Marine Smarttune

    Cyclops Marine Smarttune load cell

    Image credit: Cyclops Marine Smarttune

     

    If there was just one piece of information, one number, which could give you real insight into your rig tune and sailing performance, it is forestay load. It is the leading edge of your sail plan, controls the behaviour of the whole rig and now there is a cost effective, simple-to-install solution from Cyclops Marine. If you are interested in improving your sailing performance, you need a smarttune!

    Sailboat Load Data - Optimising Hardware and Rigging Design

    Cyclops Marine Smarttune

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    Find out just how far we still have to go in terms of understanding yacht mast and rigging loads and why they are so important to specification of sailing hardware and rigging systems

    Lash Thimbles – What are they, and how do I use them?


    Rope Thimble CC Kohlhoff
     
    Lash thimble, ferrule, rope thimble, bobbin or low friction ring…
    Whatever you call them, there’s no denying they are the perfect (low cost!) solution for a multitude of applications.

    How do I rig the bobstay on my Trogear bowsprit?


     
     


    Trogear Bowsprit Bobstay Rigging

     

    The popularity of flying a code zero or asymmetric sail increased tenfold in 2018, with the trend set to soar in 2019 as more and more sailors take advantage of these high performance sails.

    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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