Longtime European ropemaker Teufelberger recently partnered with Ronstan to distribute Teufelberger’s FSE Robline sailing ropes around the world. These ropes cover the full gamut of sailing needs, from all-around docking and mooring lines to state-of-the-art racing cords that have been proven on Volvo Ocean 70s, America’s Cuppers, and ORMA 60 tris. The company’s proprietary impregnation system is claimed to add longer life, better flexibility, and splicing ease. The ropes have a comfortable hand, regardless of load, and run smoothly through winches and hardware. Prices vary based on rope type and construction, length, and diameter. Ronstan, 401-293-0539, www.ronstan.com
Ask Sail: Are Self-trackers Worth It?
Q: I’m seeing more and more self-tacking jibs out on the water (and in the pages of SAIL) these days. I can’t help thinking these boats are all hopelessly underpowered, especially off the wind, when compared to boats with even slightly overlapping headsails. But I could be ...read more