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    Karver KFEC Eco Furlers - A better future and a better furler

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    It is up to us, sailors, navigators, racers, and adventurers, to act for the preservation of the oceans, our wonderful playground. Innovations are flourishing, attitudes and habits are changing, and builders and designers are now giving priority to the eco-design of boats and fittings, and to the search for more ecological materials. In this blog we shine a spotlight on the innovative construction technology in the Eco Concept furler range, and say congratulations to Karver Systems for doing their bit for the environment.

    Simrad Tillerpilot - A Cost Effective Extra Pair Of Hands

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    For shorthanded sailors, a good autohelm is like having an extra pair of hands on deck. But the cost of a full-blown instrument system can be prohibitive for many smaller boats. A tiller pilot offers a cost-effective solution for tiller steer boats up to 37ft in length, including ocean rowing boats.

     

    NEXe Furler - Effortless Furling powered by Profurl

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    The NEXe from Profurl is an easy to retrofit electrically driven Code 0 ("Code Zero") or top-down gennaker furler. With the NEXe, you can furl / unfurl your sails, from anywhere on the boat, quickly with easily, and you will never have to manually furl your sails again!


    What's The Right Sheet For My Boat?

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    Picking out the perfect sheet can be difficult, but we're here to help! Check out the information below for some tips on what you should consider when buying.

    Sika® adhesives and sealants - strong and sustainable

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    Sika is a speciality chemicals manufacturer with a clear focus on reducing environmental impact. Their sustainability strategy “more value, less impact” aligns their commitment to producing high quality products with the goal of minimising waste & pollution, both in manufacturing and through the longevity of the product. Sika products do not use ingredients such as tin and phthalates which can be harmful to marine life.

    Choosing the Right Code Zero or Gennaker Furler

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    How do I choose the right code zero or gennaker furling unit for my boat? Data from 8 well-known manufacturers is reviewed and conclusions drawn to help guide you to an appropriate unit for your needs.

    Get a grip! What’s the right halyard rope for my sailing boat?

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    Choosing the correct line for your halyard doesn’t just improve performance, it’s essential for keeping your sails safe. Lose a halyard while sailing and you’ll likely have to end your race and head to the loft for repairs, so making sure you use the very best for your halyards is a worthwhile investment.

    The Best Code 0 furlers for 25-30ft Sailing Boats

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    If you have a 25-30ft sailboat and you are looking to boost your sailing performance with a code zero or asymmetric spinnaker then you will need a furler in the 900-1000kg working load range. There is a decent selection of different products available at this size, but which one should you chose? In this blog we run through the relative pro’s and con’s of the main contenders.

    FourthCape WeedWand - Don't go overboard clearing your rudders!

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    Rudders are prone to catching seaweed, particularly when there are 2 of them! Dragging weed will slow down any boat but is especially problematic for racing yachts. Therefore it's important to check regularly and have a reliable method for removing anything that snags. The FourthCape WeedWand is a simple and effective tool for clearing the rudders and features a lightweight carbon construction.

     

    Armare Zero Twist Torsional Ropes

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    Armare Ropes is a 200-year-old, family owned, rope making business in Northern Italy. Upffront are pleased to launch a new range of finished torsional ropes, for code zero and asymmetric furlers, from this progressive company.

    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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