Sails+Rigging

Locked and (Spring) Loaded

by Sail Staff, Posted October 10, 2006
Camcleats can be awkward to release under load, which is worrying when there’s a squall line bearing down on you. Spinlock claims its new PXR camcleat is the “easiest cleat to release.”It features a three-stage adjustable spring; you preset lighter settings for lines that are constantly adjusted and use stronger settings for seldom-tuned lines like halyards. The PXR comes in two sizes;

Top-Down Furlers

by Sail Staff, Posted September 29, 2011
Sailing hardware manufacturer Ronstan has expanded its continuous-line headsail furler range with a new Series 60 furler that can accommodate working loads up 1,430lb for use on sport boats and staysails on cruising boats up to 40 feet. Ronstan has also unveiled a “top down” furling attachment for its Series 100 and Series 130 furlers. Top-down furling is a new approach to headsail

Halyard Hangers

by Adam Cort, Posted February 23, 2014
With the Halyard Hanger you can keep your cockpit “spaghetti free” and ensure your boat still looks good while you’re doing it. Fabricated from solid stainless steel and equipped with a durable paracord loop, the hooks are rated to 550lb, which makes them tough enough to hold power cords and even anchor rodes, in addition to sheets and halyards.

Softies

by David Schmidt, Posted June 19, 2009
Adios steel shackles, hello Softies. These soft shackles (they can also do double duty as hanks for headsails) are spliced from a single length of Dyneema SK75 and come in two sizes, the smaller of which has a safe working load of 2,000 pounds, while the larger can handle 4,000 pounds: impressive numbers, given the unit’s light weight. While sailors have been handcrafting soft shackles for

Ties That Bind

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2007
Longtime European ropemaker Teufelberger recently partnered with Ronstan to distribute Teufelberger’s FSE Robline sailing ropes around the world. These ropes cover the full gamut of sailing needs, from all-around docking and mooring lines to state-of-the-art racing cords that have been proven on Volvo Ocean 70s, America’s Cuppers, and ORMA 60 tris. The company’s proprietary impregnation system is

A Better Winch Handle

by Adam Cort, Posted November 15, 2011
The new Speedylock winch handle from antal may not look particularly revolutionary, but it works incredibly well under sail.

Harken T2 Block Line

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
Harken continues to build on its lightweight soft-attach T2 block line, with double-sheave versions of its 18, 29, 40 and 57mm blocks that allow sailors to create an even greater array of systems.

Harken Radial Winches

by David Schmidt, Posted November 2, 2009
Harken made a big announcement at the 2009 U.S. Sailboat Show at Annapolis: A new line of winches, called the Radials. But unlike other “new” winches that are merely a 2.0 version of an existing product, Harken literally started with a blank sheet of paper and built from the ground up. The resulting winches are lighter, more efficient, safer, easier to install, and easier to upgrade to powered

Weight Watchers

by Sail Staff, Posted July 10, 2007
Looking for a lightweight, silky-smooth block that won’t shy away from a serious workout? Schaefer’s new M-Series blocks come in three sizes (66mm, 82mm, and 100mm) with five attachment options (singles, webbing/lashing singles, stand-up spring, halyard lead, and foot blocks). The blocks feature Torlon rollers and Delrin ball bearings in the sheave. This combination, coupled with a

Polyester Ph.D. Rope

by Adam Cort, Posted March 1, 2012
In 2011, SAIL gave a Pittman Innovation Award to Yale Cordage for its Ph.D. rope, which the company manufactures from high-modulus Spectra fibers. Now the company is offering a lower-priced polyester version of the line.
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