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  • Top Whipping Twines
     Subscribers OnlyThe term “whipping twine” is somewhat misleading, suggesting a single purpose for a product with seemingly...
  • Tylaska Tops in Snap Shackles
     Subscribers OnlySnap shackles have become as familiar to sailors as pots and pans are to a harried chef. From dinghies to mega...
  • Testers Compare Swivels, Look for Pin Creep
     Subscribers OnlyFor this evaluation, each shackle was visually inspected, component parts were measured, and stainless-steel alloys...
  • Stainless Steel: Advantages and Ailments
     Subscribers OnlyWhen it comes to stainless steel, nothing seems more baffling than the latest array of alloys that have migrated into...
  • Testing Top-down Furlers
     Subscribers OnlyTop-down furlers have proven to be a legitimate means of taking the drama out of spinnaker setting and dousing, and...
  • Reader Experiences with Top-down Furlers
     Subscribers OnlyFollowing the publication of Part 1 of this report, we heard from several readers about their experiences with...
  • Keeping Canvas in Tip-top Shape
     Subscribers OnlyCanvas dodgers and biminis are the hallmark of a cruising yacht, but they aren’t cheap to come by. We wanted to...
  • Spinnaker Furlers
     Subscribers OnlyThe first in a two-part series, this article takes a look at the latest furling systems for nylon and other...
  • Summer Sailing Gear
    Summer’s warm breezes and lazy weekends have arrived, so PS testers have put together a lineup of cool toys and...

Reader Questionnaire

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