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    Antal Soft Loop Hook – Light, Simple Line Control

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    Italian marine hardware manufacturer, Antal, have been creating sailing solutions since 1977 and have designed a wide range of sailing hardware to suit race boats and cruisers. Their Soft Loop Hook is a lightweight, flexible, simple to use device for adjusting genoa or spinnaker sheet leads.

    LOOP Cover Shackles, A New Twist on Soft Shackles

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    LOOP soft shackles are a simple, yet highly versatile product. They can be used almost anywhere that you would use a conventional shackle and have an incredible strength to weight ratio, as you would expect from Dyneema®. The new LOOP Cover Shackles take things one step further.

    Ronstan SHOCK Blocks - Simple Efficient Low Friction Rings

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    The name of the Ronstan SHOCK Block is derived from SHeaveless blOCK and reflects the growing trend for replacing ball bearing blocks, with “low friction rings”, in a whole range of sailing system applications. Lightweight, high-load with no moving parts, Shock blocks are perfect for control lines and small purchase systems.

    Celebrating Curves with the LOOP Flexi Stick-on

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    You would probably agree that there are very few flat surfaces on a sailing yacht, whereas most hardware bases are flat. Using modern materials and construction methods, the innovative LOOP Flexi Stick-on padeye shines a bright light on this glaring anomaly and offers some interesting possibilities.

    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.

    Sailboat Hardware Soft Attachments – Fad or Paradigm Shift?

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    There is an increasing trend towards soft attachment of sailing hardware and rigging i.e. using a lashing or soft loop, however they are not a catch-all solution. In this article we look at the benefits and some caveats around the use of soft attachments plus discuss where metal fixings are still the right option.

    Soft Attachment Blocks - The Basics

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    There has been a quiet revolution going on with block attachments over the last 5 years. Soft attachments are universally accepted as the preferred method of securing a block. In this blog we will explain why and then look at some of the basic attachment methods plus some do’s and don’ts.

    Soft solutions vs. Tylaska’s Snap Shackle – Which comes out on top?

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    Here at upffront.com, it’s no secret that we favour soft solutions. Although this has sometimes been controversial – would you trust Dyneema®with your lifelines? – when it comes to soft connectors, we couldn’t be more onboard.

    Loop Products: An Introduction


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    Loop Products are a German firm who pride themselves on hard work and innovation. Formed in 2005, Loop Products is the brainchild of Kohlhoff GmbH – a deck hardware specialist and wholesaler of top brands since 1991.

    Soft Padeyes – Light, Strong and Versatile


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    Several types of soft padeyes are now available on the market and are proving increasingly popular over traditional stainless steel padeyes. They all capitalise on the incredible strength to weight ratio and abrasion resistance of Dyneema® which offers a reliable, robust, flexible and safe termination.

    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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