Sails+Rigging

New England Ropes STS Rope

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
When it comes to high-modulus rope, the fibers themselves are only part of the equation. Just as important, if you’re in search of the ultimate in performance, is the way those fibers are assembled.

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. 
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Following up on its MX solid halyard shackle, Wichard has created what it calls its MXL soft block for use in a variety of applications.

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.

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.
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