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    Improve Your Sailing Performance – 3 Simple, Cost Effective Upgrades

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    At upffront.com we are passionate about performance sailing hardware and rigging. However, that doesn’t mean we are all about racing. It means we believe in modern materials and technology to deliver lighter, stronger products which can benefit all types of sailing boats from club racers to the smallest coastal cruising day-boats.

    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.

    Millionaires Tape’ – What is it?!

     

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    PROtect Tapes produce a broad range of protective tapes for racing, cruising and super yachts, and have been providing effective solutions for chafing, abrasion and wear since 2008.

    Bluewater Cruising Rig - Cutter vs. Solent (Part 2)


    Cutter Rig vs Solent Rig DiagramIn a previous blog, Upffront evaluated the pros and cons of a cutter rig as a popular bluewater cruising set up. Now, it’s the turn of the solent rig.

    Bluewater Cruising - Cutter Rig vs. Solent Rig (Part 1)


    Cutter Rig vs Solent Rig DiagramHere at Upffront, we are aware that many people are searching for the perfect bluewater cruising set up.

    Two popular options for off-shore cruising are the cutter rig and the solent rig, both sporting their own pros and cons.

    Discount prices on Tylaska hardware

     Tylaska 800x800 hubspotTylaska Marine & Aerospace has been manufacturing premium performance sailing hardware for over 25 years. Their name is synonymous with the best snap shackles on the market.

    Is it worth paying the money for better running rigging?

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    What is the cost vs. benefit trade-off for running rigging options on a 25 ft sailing boat? We take a look at three running rigging specs, from budget to full performance racing, and investigate whether the increase in cost is justified by the performance benefits.

    J70 Running Rigging

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    Upffront.com has supplied many running rigging packages for top level J70 campaigns. Find out what is currently "hot" when it comes to driving the best performance out of these exciting sports boats.

    Introduction to Core Fibres in Modern Ropes

    Gottifredi Maffioli running rigging and rigging supplies

     

    There are many core materials used in rope making (e.g. Vectran®, PBO, polypropylene, hemp, nylon etc) but the vast majority of modern ropes are based on a polyester, or increasingly, a Dyneema® core. Get a basic introduction to the benefits and weaknesses of these two primary core fibres.

    Basic Running Rigging Terminology

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    If you are looking at upgrading your running rigging, before you delve into the manufacturers catalogues there are a few key terms you need to understand.

    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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