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    What's New in 2021: Sailing Hardware and Rigging

    METS DAME Awards 2021

     

    The biggest marine equipment trade show (METS) is about to take place in Amsterdam later this month and they have just announced the 2021 DAME Design Award nominations, for what's new and exciting in leisure marine equipment. An independent panel of experts consider the expected impact on the marine industry of the entries, their suitability for intended purpose, the level of innovation, cost, ease of use or installation and environmental impact, in a number of different product categories.

    How to Choose a Spinlock Deckvest & Accessories

    Volvo Ocean Race © Ainhoa Sanchez

    © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

     

    Lifejacket pioneers Spinlock are renowned for their sleek, comfortable to wear, high-spec lifejackets. In a previous blog, we introduced the full range of Deckvests and took a look at the features and benefits of each, but how do you chose the right one for your needs?

    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.

    Spinlock Clutches and Jammers - Remote Operation

     

    spinlock clutches on a boat

    Credit: Spinlock

    A simple and reliable rope holding solution, everyone is familiar with spinlock’s range of clutches and jammers on the coach roof. But, did you know that Spinlock sells upgrade kits for remote control operation?

     

    Fresh In: Tiller Extensions!


    Spinlock Tiller Extension


    Take a glance at upffront.com, and you’ll see we’ve got a brand-new category: ‘Steering Systems’.

    In the future, this category will be stocked with all things steering – such as wheels, rudder blades and complete steering systems (coming soon!) – but to begin, we’re kicking off with some terrific tiller extensions.

     

    Explore the Spinlock Rope Clutch Range: XAS, XTS and XCS

    Spinlock XCS Rope Clutch

    In recent years, improvements in design have seen a rope clutch move from a cumbersome piece of kit to a powerful addition to a boat. Used on both racing and cruising sailboats, a rope clutch allows high load lines – such as halyards for the main sail, jib or spinnaker - to be controlled without the use of a winch. Other examples of high load lines include those that require cleating, such as tack lines and furling lines.

    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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