Sails+Rigging

Few sailors look forward to climbing the mast, but inevitably there comes a time when it’s necessary to make repairs aloft. Bosun’s chairs are the method of choice, but you need...

Custom Cut

by David Schmidt, Posted November 19, 2009
Synthetic rigging has come of age. Colligo Marine is now taking orders for made-to-order twelve-strand Dynex Dux (pre-stretched Dyneema SK-75) shrouds, backstays, and forestays (and other standing rigging), which are compatible with either lashing or turnbuckle-style tensioning systems. Colligo claims that the synthetic rigging is roughly the same cost as stainless-steel wire shrouds but is only

Knotically Challenged

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
Knot tying isn’t easy, especially if you have small hands. With Nite Ize’s new Figure 9 rope tightener you can easily secure a dinghy to a car-top rack. Simply put the boat on your car, set up the closed-loop end of the Figure 9 (instructions are engraved on the aluminum device), pull tight, and drop the cord’s moving end into the Figure 9’s teeth. Two sizes accommodate rope diameters between 2
Admiral Marine Equipment has come up with a novel way to wrestle in an unruly genoa. Its Rollmaster continuous-line headsail furler incorporates a 3:1 reduction gear that requires far less muscle.

Wichard FRX Low Friction Rings

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
Simplify line handling aboard your racer or cruiser with Wichard FRX Low Friction Rings, which can be used for handling a variety of different heavy semi-static loads, like those found in cascading backstays, lazy jacks or fairlead/in-hauler applications.

Grinding Made Easy

by Adam Cort, Posted February 26, 2010
Grinding winches can be fun—to a point. Now, for those times when you don’t feel like building arm strength there’s the WinchRite, from Sailology LLC, a fully portable electric winch handle that makes everything from raising the main to furling in the genoa a snap.Designed specifically for sailing, the WinchRite provides up to 100 newton meters of torque and rotation speeds from 50 to 120

Smooth Spinners

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
Blocks are rarely noticed—unless they fail or slow you down. Ronstan’s new Orbit blocks are both light and strong, thanks to their polymer-and-fiber construction, and are packed with enough features and options that you’ll notice them. There are currently 18 configurations of Series 55 blocks that are aimed at a variety of applications on boats into the 30-foot range; larger 70mm Orbit blocks are

Another Cool Snatch Block

by Adam Cort, Posted April 12, 2012
The advent of soft attachments and robust polymers has sparked a “Golden Age” of snatch blocks, with gear like the new Dynblock from European manufacturer Antal making life afloat easier than ever. 

New England Ropes STS Rope

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
When it comes to high-modulus rope, the fibers themselves are only part of the equation. Just as important, if you’re in search of the ultimate in performance, is the way those fibers are assembled.

Push Button Grinding

by David Schmidt, Posted March 1, 2010
Like thousands of other sailors, I scoffed at powered winches until a rock-climbing injury reduced my right shoulder to an arthritic mess. So, while I love to spin handles, I’ve realized that powered winches are my friends. And I’m not alone. Most medium-to-large cruising boats I saw at last year’s United States Sailboat Show at Annapolis either came fitted with some (or all) powered winches, or
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