Sails+Rigging

Carbon Spun

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
Here’s a case of grand-prix trickle-down you can benefit from: Lewmar’s new Grand Prix Carbon Fiber 99 winch was specifically designed for the Open 60 and Volvo 70 classes, but it can also handle the loads generated by other large, powerful yachts. The unit’s drum diameter is just under 9 inches; the winch offers a power ratio of 101:1 and has a wide bearing track to accept lines and sheets from

Forespar Tri-Reacher

by Adam Cort, Posted August 15, 2012
The Forespar Tri-Reacher is a three-piece telescoping whisker pole ideally suited for poling out gennakers and other headsails, allowing for deeper sailing angles.

Locked and Loaded: Antal Mini-Hook Halyard Lock

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2010
Halyard locks are a fantastic way to spare your rig some mast compression. The only problem with them is that the sail can only be locked at full hoist. As soon as you reef you’re back on the halyard. To solve this problem, Antal has created the Mini Hook halyard-lock system for boats up to 40ft. Featuring a locking mechanism controlled via a pair of trip lines on the back of the headboard car,

Code-0 Furler

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
Karver first made heads spin in 2004 with its K-Blocks; now it’s spinning sails and saving weight aloft with the new line of K.F. Furlers. The basic unit includes Karver’s swivel and furling drum; your sailmaker will build your Code 0 with an ultrastrong synthetic luff cord that attaches directly to this hardware. To use, simply raise the halyard, unfurl the sail using the continuous furler line,

MLX Double-Braid Cordage

by Adam Cort, Posted August 10, 2012
MLX double-braid cordage features a blended high-modulus Innegra-S and Dyneema core for strength and a polyester cover for durability. The result is a lightweight affordable rope with high strength and low stretch.

Flat and Fast

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2010
Facnor’s new FlatDeck furler combines the ease of single-line reefing with the low profile and mechanical advantage of a continuous-line furler. Because its hybrid furling line merges flat webbing with regular rope, the furling drum can be flatter and wider than a conventional furling drum. This creates more leverage when furling the sail and leaves more space on the forestay for the luff of the

Problem Solver

by Sail Staff, Posted December 18, 2007
An override on a winch can become a big problem if you don’t have the right solution. The Spinlock ZS/OPEN is a mobile jammer that allows you to transfer a loaded line or sheet onto a different winch to fix the override, rearrange a bad lead, or deal with a spinnaker peel. Simply attach the Spinlock unit to the loaded sheet, close the unit’s jaws (jammer), and transfer the load. The semicustom

Low Friction Rings

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2012
Low friction rings from Schaefer can be used in a wide range of applications aboard both racers and cruisers, including vangs, backstay adjusters and in-haulers.

Ronstan Core Block Series

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2010
Ronstan’s Core Blocks include a proprietary two-stage bearing system and durable alloy cheeks. Stage one provides “ultra-low friction” when handling moderate loads. The second stage engages when the wind pipes up and loads increase. According to Ronstan, this two-stage approach cuts overall friction almost in half.Core Block cheeks are precision-shaped with an eye toward providing maximum

Slick A-Sail Furler

by Sail Staff, Posted March 18, 2008
Facnor’s new Asym-FX asymmetric-spinnaker furler sports a continuous furling drum, where the sail’s tack attaches, and a swivel, where the head attaches. In between is a Kevlar anti-twist luff rope with a Spectra line attached halfway up. The other end of the line is stitched to the sail’s luff. To set, hoist the sail, then ease the furling line as you take in on the sheet. To furl, reverse this
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