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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.


Fendertex: blowing apart the fender business!

Fendertex Fenders on the side of a boat

 

Traditional fenders have remained much the same for decades. The experience of lugging big lumps of vulcanised rubber across the deck and over the side is an experience many sailors are familiar with. Big, heavy, cumbersome rubber tubes, which take up valuable storage space; they do an important job but there must be a better solution? Sure enough, new materials and technology are penetrating all areas of the sport and bringing real benefits. Here we discuss one new manufacturer to look out for – Fendertex, and their inflatable textile fenders.

Extending your reach with Ronstan

Ronstan Battlestick

               Image Credits: Heidi Bucktin / Ronstan

 

Ronstan is an Australian born company who has developed hardware for both small and big boats since 1953. In this blog we will look at their extensive range of tiller extensions which have become a brand in their own right: the Ronstan Battlestick.

Bamar’s Got Your Back… stay!

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Looking to upgrade from a block and tackle system to a backstay tensioner? This blog will look at the Bamar BTV and BTM mechanical backstay tensioners and compare them with alternatives on the market.

 

FSE Robline Rope for Sale

FSE Robline Rope for Sale

Image Credit: All images are credit courtesy of Robline

As active and enthusiastic professional sailors, FSE Robline pride themselves on creating ‘world class yachting ropes’. Designed with both cruising sailors and regatta sailors in mind, FSE are a global brand with a focus on innovative materials and designs. Upffront.com are very pleased to now have FSE Robline rope for sale on our website.

PROtect Tapes SPK: The Retro-Revolution?

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Image Credits: PROtect Tapes

 

PROtect Tapes provide solutions for the owners, boat captains and race teams who recognise that protecting the boat and reducing maintenance plays an important role in enhancing performance.

 

They provide effective solutions to chafing, abrasion, scratches, damages, ageing and wear.

Harken Reflex Furler: Always adapting to stay ahead of the game

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Image Credits: Harken

 

Blocks, winches, travellers and a whole range of other systems, Harken has been a market leader in the sailing industry for over 40 years and is a household name among sailors. They consistently deliver great quality products and are known for their extensive distribution network and customer service. However, despite their extensive product range, Harken didn’t actually release their own continuous line furling system until 2016.

Join Us On The Foredeck!

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With the launch of the all-new upffront.com website we are also pleased to present the Foredeck Club, exclusively for boat owners who are serious about their sailing.

Andersen winch: Laser focus on a simple, reliable, high-quality design

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Image Credits: Ronstan

 

As part of the Ronstan brand, Andersen are 100% focused on providing simple, reliable high quality sailing winches. Anderson made the decision early on to focus on one standard range and do it well. This blog will look at the Andersen range and outline some of the features and benefits of their easily recognisable design.

Adding a Bowsprit can Provide your sailboat a Downwind Turbo-charge

Facnor Bowsprit

Image Credits: Facnor

Facnor is a specialist in designing and manufacturing furling systems, and therefore it should come as no surprise that they have a retrofit bowsprit solution.

Guest Blog - Turbo-Charge your Ride with a Staysail

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Image Credits: @oceanrace.com

BY ANDY RICE, INTERVIEWING BJARNE LORENZEN

One of the great spectacles of the recent Volvo Ocean Race was seeing the VO65s charging along with a trio of headsails flying in neat formation in front of the mainsail. In the fourth blog post of this series, Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu describes the growing appeal of the staysail in both the racing and cruising scenes.

     
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