Sails+Rigging

Don't Forget-Me-Knots

by Adam Cort, Posted July 28, 2011
A knowledge of knots, bends and hatches is central to good seamanship, and while it’s true that in the vast majority of cases a limited number of them will suffice, we could all probably stand to know a few more. For me, the kicker is the anchor bend. It’s a great way to attach a line to a shackle, but I rarely use it and can never seem to retrieve it correctly from my cerebral database on those
Johnson Marine’s splice line fittings allow you to easily and reliably splice Dyneema or Spectra line onto a variety of different lifeline terminals when swapping out high-modulus line for stainless steel wire lifelines. The fittings are machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and are anodized to ensure long service life.

Trim On!

by David Schmidt, Posted March 10, 2009
As with many Harken products, the secret to the outstanding performance behind the SpeedGrip handles are ball bearings. As with blocks, the ball bearings inside the SpeedGrip handles allow for virtually frictionless movement, which is a sure-fire recipe for translating as much of your brawn into sheeting action as possible. Harken SpeedGrip winches feature ball bearings for both the vertical

A Sail for Riding

by Sail Staff, Posted April 9, 2006
Most boats don’t behave as well when anchored with rope rode as they do when lying to chain. They tend to sheer about much more, especially in wind-against-tide scenarios, which is bad for your nerves—and those of your neighbors. One way of coping with this is to set a riding sail on the backstay to help keep the bow pointed into the wind. You could make one of these yourself, or you could order

Trim Like a Megayacht

by Adam Cort, Posted August 23, 2011
Cruisers with boats in the 50-60ft range can now enjoy push-button mainsheet trimming, thanks to this Touch Trim system from Harken. With Touch Trim, the mainsheet is no longer in the cockpit, but is self-contained in the boom, where it is controlled by an electric motor turning a ball screw.Two different models are available to accommodate in-mast reefing or a standard mainsail. The

Jurgon Tool-Free Clevis

by Adam Cort, Posted August 27, 2013
The Jurgan Tool-Free clevis is just that: a clevis pin with a proprietary mechanism that allows it to be secured without the need to thread or bend a cotter pin. 

ATN Genoa Sleeve

by David Schmidt, Posted April 14, 2009
If you have a roller-furling headsail, the ATN Genoa Sleeve is worth your attention. It’s built of abrasion-resistant, UV-proof material and protects your headsail (racing or cruising) without adding weight to the sail or requiring that it be altered. The sleeve is hoisted on a spare halyard and is laced with adjustable thin-diameter cordage that holds the sleeve snug to the sail when tightened,

Snag-Free Main Sails

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2006
Sometimes you see an idea that’s so elegant in its simplicity that all you can say is, “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?” Seldn’s $155 Backstay Flicker is just such an item. It’s a fiberglass rod that bolts to the masthead crane on a fractionally rigged boat with a heavily roached main—the kind that always hangs up on the backstay. At its outer end is a small block through which the backstay is

Moorings Made Simple

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
There’s nothing like the security of a mooring at the end of a long day afloat—once you’ve managed to grab hold of the thing. Unfortunately, doing so can be tough, especially when sailing shorthanded or on your own in heavy weather. The Mooring Mate solves this problem with an easy-to-connect temporary mooring attachment that lets you then secure the actual mooring pennant at your leisure. The
Ronstan’s recent upgrades to its continuous-line furlers are based on years of feedback from its customers. The resulting Gen 2 continuous-line furlers are more advanced than ever to facilitate deploying and furling reaching sails underway.
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