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Usually, our Pittman Award winners are picked almost exclusively in recognition of their engineering and design, especially in the systems category. However, in the case of these composite studs, aesthetics also played a part. Not only that, but this aspect of their design was instrumental in the positive response the snaps received at the recent METS trade show this November in Amsterdam. In photographs for brochures and other marketing needs, boatbuilders usually don’t want the small stainless steel circles typically used for attaching fabric panels distracting the eye from the boat’s lines. As a result, snap studs are often not installed until after the photographs are taken. With these Surefas Caf-Compo snap studs, however, which are available in white, cream, light gray and black (or any custom RAL color a production purchaser may desire for its application) that is no longer a problem. As a practical matter, because the snaps are not made of metal, corrosion and the resulting stains are also no longer a problem. In use, the studs serve as the base part of a fabric snap or ring-spring press fastener system. Molded of a high-strength UV-stabilized composite with self-tapping threads, they can be installed in fiberglass, plastic or wood in a fashion similar to the common metal studs using a Torx 30 screwdriver bit. A variant with M6 metric machine screw threads is also suitable for tapped holes in aluminum, steel and other hard substrates. The studs are available in standard packages of 10, 100 and 500. $NA. Surefas,

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February 2018



Paine Surfs his Finn in Cadiz

Check out this onboard footage of U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Caleb Paine surfing downwind in 30 knots of breeze during the recent 2018 Finn European Championships in Cadiz, Spain. Paine, who only recently returned to Finn sailing after taking a break following the 2016 Games in more


The ICW North Bound Migration Begins

As the northbound migration begins, we are getting some early reports on conditions along the ICW. The overall impression this spring is that after the damages caused by the hurricanes, the winter storms have apparently not made too many additional changes. There is even some more


Charter: Historic Croatia

Heaps of history—that’s not usually what comes to mind when you plan a sailing charter, but if you like a bit of culture mixed with your cruising, Croatia is the place to go. Caught between two worlds, (the whitewashed laid back vibe of the Mediterranean and the brash demeanor of more


Gear: Pan-Pan man-overboard Locator

There He Goes!The Pan-Pan man-overboard locator won a Pittman award for 2017 as a great idea, and now it is in production as the Weems & Plath CrewWatcher. It’s a two-part system that employs a smartphone app to locate a small personal beacon that triggers automatically should more


SAIL 2018: Reader's Photographs

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? If so, we’d love to see it. Send your sailing photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.comAnd don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter.Check back for updates!This was taken from half way across the 26 mile crossing more

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The Volvo Returns to the Southern Ocean

Since the Volvo Ocean Race’s inception, the Southern Ocean has made it what it is. And no part of the race says “Southern Ocean” like Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. The 7,600-mile leg, which starts this Sunday, is not only the longest of the event, but far more