Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

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  • UV Protection for Dyneema
    In your recent review of shackles (PS, September 2014), you tossed in a statement about recoating the soft shackles...
  • Top Whipping Twines
     Subscribers OnlyThe term “whipping twine” is somewhat misleading, suggesting a single purpose for a product with seemingly...
  • Rope Clutches Tighten Their Grip
     Subscribers OnlyLike the character “Jaws” in the old James Bond movie, rope clutches grab hold with a ferocious bite. This...
  • Higher Loads Call for Careful Installation
     Subscribers OnlyRope clutches are a great innovation that can help sailors better control the lines that lead aft to the cockpit and...
  • Stitching Instead of Splicing
     Subscribers OnlySplicing is king in any discussion of line termination. By carefully tucking cover and core back into the line, or...
  • Break and Break Again
     Subscribers OnlyAll lines were broken once to determine approximate breaking strength without a stitched eye. A simple chain fall and...
  • Other Stitching Techniques that Work Well
    We principally looked at three means of seizing an eye without splicing—basting, round-stitching, and...
  • Getting to the Top
    There are times when getting to the top of a mast is a far easier solo proposition than hunting for help. The first...
  • Chandlery: October 2014
    The typical production sailboat comes with a molded fiberglass tub for a cockpit well, complete with an uncleanable...
  • Mainsail Halyard Shackles
     Subscribers OnlyA mainsail halyard shackle needs to be as reliable as an on/off switch on a table saw. It’s a one-act pony...

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