Sails+Rigging

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.

Power Sails, Sails Built with Integral Solar Panels

by Christopher White, Posted April 21, 2015
Alain Janet is pretty talkative these days, and with good reason. The head of the UK Sailmakers loft in southern France, Janet has spent most of his adult life making sails and working on how to make them better—not just for sailors, but also for the environment. 

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

Strong Line

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2010
To manufacturer its new Ph.D. line, Yale Cordage entwines individual bundles of load-bearing, pre-stretched Honeywell Spectra S1000 strands with proprietary iGrip-treated, easy-to-grip polyester fibers. The encapsulated Spectra strands are then woven into a 12-strand, single-braid line that provides the same, or better strength than a standard double-braid, without a double-braid’s bulk and
Glowfast Marine has expanded its line of glow-in-the-dark sail tape so that cruisers can now keep tabs on sail shape during night watches, the same as racers. According to Glowfast, its luminous draft stripes can improve sail handling and performance as much as 20 percent after the sun goes down. Coupled with the company’s wide range of clutch labels, safety labels and even glow-in-the-dark

Tight and Light

by Adam Cort, Posted May 17, 2013
At the 2011 METS boating industry show, SAIL discovered a French-made product called the “Constrictor,” which we recognized with a Pittman Innovation Award in 2012.

Spun!

by Sail Staff, Posted September 10, 2008
By David SchmidtSeldn Masts, Inc., has a new line of deck hardware to complement its already extensive line of spars. The line currently includes a line of plane-bearing blocks, auto-ratchet blocks, ball-bearing blocks, wire blocks (for adjustable backstays), and cam cleats (some of which are swivel mounted), but Selden plans to expand into genoa tracks and cars, as well as traveler cars

Furler with a Box

by Sail Staff, Posted March 9, 2006
Facnor says that lessons it has learned installing custom gear on top ocean-racing boats have been applied to its new headsail furlers for boats from 20 to 90 feet. The LX has a “bearing box” at the drum and head swivels, each containing two polymer bearings that reportedly spread loads evenly. A rotating tack fitting allows the furler drum and head to turn before the twin-groove luff extrusion,

Wheel Extension

by Adam Cort, Posted July 28, 2011
From the office of “Why didn’t I think of that?” comes Forespar’s new quick-release Steering Control Arm, which is basically a tiller extension for a wheel. The arm has a twist-lock extension, like those found on many boathooks, and a quick-release clamp, so it can be attached or detached from a wheel in seconds. As with a tiller extension, the Steering Control Arm allows you to steer from
Ronstan’s new Quick-Lock winch handles have a proprietary “auto quick-locking mechanism” that allows you to immediately place the drive head of the handle into a winch socket without first rotating a knob or pushing a button. The handle’s stainless steel locking lever automatically holds the handle in place—no more wasting time lining up buttons in the middle of a tack or gybe.
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