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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.


Novasail Tactical Race Computers - First off the Line

Novasail electornics sailing

 

Novasail’s ethos is to ‘be first off the start’, and that is certainly the focus of their NS360 and NS-START ranges of race computers. These yacht race computers offer similar functionality to the more well-known alternative, Velocitek Prostart, which you can read about in more detail here

Morf Block merges into Morfrac Systems

TP52 2019 Bronenosec © Martinez Studio

Image Credit: TP52 2019 Bronenosec © Martinez Studio

 

At upffront.com we’re big fans of the Morf Block. The lightweight, 3D-printed block started as a DIY kit and has expanded into two ranges: high performance and high load.

 

We spoke to the man at the source - Nicolas Goldenberg, from Argentina - who told us about his journey so far, his ongoing projects and the future of Morfrac Systems. 

The Low-Down on High-load Dinghy Blocks

Allen brothers boat

 

At upffront.com we love looking at the data and comparing products to gain insight. In this blog we look at the rapidly evolving world of high-load dinghy blocks and compare x4 leading products on the market from Allen Brothers, Harken, Ronstan and Morf Block.

Spinlock’s XTX - the latest innovation in rope holding

Spinlock XTX on a boat

Credit: Spinlock

 

Widely known as experts in rope holding, Spinlock is the go-to solution for many sailors when it comes to clutches and jammers.  

 

We’ve been looking forward to the launch of their new product, the XTX Clutch ever since we got our first look at this sleek and modern design at METS 2019.

Ubi Maior X3M Flight Blocks – the Compact, High Flyer

Ubi Maior X3M Flight Block-4

 

For 2020, Ubi Maior have re-developed and re-launched their successful X3M Flight block range. This is a small, high performance, high load block designed with flexibility in mind to make it useful for multiple applications.

Allen Brothers - dedicated to manufacturing excellence

Allen brothers

 

We are pleased to introduce the Allen Brothers 20mm and 30mm Dynamic Block ranges on the website and decided to take the opportunity to have an in-depth look at this fascinating UK manufacturer of performance dinghy hardware.

nke - Finding Their True Course

SILVERRUDDER -2

Image credit: Martin Kendler

 

nke is a specialist marine electronics manufacturer which has built a reputation, over 35 years, for high quality, precision navigation instruments for sailing yachts. Profiling companies like this is part of Upffront.com’s raison d’être: successful but relatively small businesses which maintain a laser focus and keep raising their game, to stay ahead of the competition.

Ewincher - An alternative to electric winches?

E-Wincher in use

 

Electrification of winches can be a great benefit; reducing the strength and manpower needed on your boat and allowing many to sail short-handed or continue sailing longer in life. The standard option for most boat owners has been to upgrade all of their winches to electric, however, is the Ewincher electric winch handle a viable, cost effective alternative?.

"Vang-on!" - with Pauger Performance and Style

Pauger carbon boom vang

 

Pauger is a Hungarian producer of high-performance racing boats and carbon composite rigs and components. The Pauger Carbon Vang has been around for 6+ years as a semi-custom product but has recently had a re-design to become one of the few production carbon vang options on the market, for yachts from 25-42 feet.

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.

     
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