Sails+Rigging

Ties That Bind

by Sail Staff, Posted October 9, 2007
If your boat is equipped with Karver blocks, you can now add an additional upgrade by investing in Karver’s rope shackles (compatible with KB6, KB8, KB10, KN12, KB8c, KB10C, and KB12C blocks). The rope shackles are lighter per given strength rating than stainless steel shackles, won’t scratch up your deck, and are noiseless. Moreover, the rope shackles are purported to be easier to open than

Grab a Line with Ease

by Adam Cort, Posted September 24, 2010
The LineGrabber allows you to quickly and easily attach a line or anchor snubber at any point along another line. It can also be used in any number of other applications, from securing a coil of rope to hanging something from a backstay or securing a dock line. LineGrabbers are manufactured by the same company that makes the Shockles anchor line snubber and consist of a sewn double loop of 1/4in

User-Friendly Furling

by Adam Cort, Posted November 23, 2010
The new NEX continuous-line Code O furler features a bright green "I-Connect" sail attachment system in both the base and swivel unit to facilitate quick sail changes using a captive pin system. The I-Connect can be operated with one hand and has no protruding parts to snag errant lines. A "Quick Fit" line-fitting system provides easy access to the furling drum so the furling line can be left on
Spinlock’s new XTR Reactor Clutch is engineered specifically for today’s small-diameter lines, not only hanging onto them better, but releasing them under better control as well.
Racers can trim yet more weight off their masts and booms with Harken’s new Carbo Pivoting Lead Blocks: high-strength, glass-reinforced composite blocks that are up to 25 percent lighter than the stainless classic versions they replace. 

Schaefer Marine Aero Tuff Luff

by Sail Staff, Posted February 11, 2008
In 2006, Schaefer Marine released the Aero Tuff Luff (model A-1706) headstay foil, which fit forestays up to 5/16” in diameter. Now Schaefer has introduced a 2.0 version of the Aero Tuff Luff (model A-2506) for boats with headstays up to 3/8” in diameter. The twin-track foil is made from a super-strong polycarbonate material and features a fine surface finish to help mitigate friction between the

Two New Reversible Winches

by Adam Cort, Posted September 24, 2010
Since the advent of modern winches, easing sheets under load has been problematic. Doing so requires uncleating the line or removing it from the self-tailer, a procedure fraught with hazard for the unwary—until now. In the run-up to the Annapolis Boat show, Harken and Seldn have both unveiled new self-tailers that can ease a sail under load, with your fingers safely out of the way and the line

Getting Your Bearings

by Sail Staff, Posted April 5, 2011
Ronstan’s Core Blocks feature a two-stage bearing system for improved performance in sheet and halyard applications aboard both cruisers and racers. Stage one provides “ultra-low friction” when handling moderate loads. The second stage engages when the wind pipes up and loads increase. Together the two stages cut overall friction by almost half. Other features include a “flare” design to reduce
A common problem with continuous-line furlers is, well, all that line. Enter the Seldén Double Fairlead, which functions much like the fairleads long used with conventional furling lines.

Spiked!

by Sail Staff, Posted August 6, 2008
Spinlock’s new Deckware fid is the first piece of gear that the DHS has confiscated from me before I boarded a commercial flight. Luckily, I was flying home from a boat show and not to an ocean race, but the experience solidified the fact that this fid packs some punch. The unit features a long needle end, allowing it to work with snap shackles up to Tylaska size T-20’s. Its
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