Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

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  • Abrasion and Break Testing
     Subscribers OnlyTesters’ first task was to determine whether any of these coatings could weaken line in the near term. To do...
  • Sherardizing Alternative
     Subscribers OnlyIn order to impart corrosion resistance to steel, the items are commonly galvanized, immersed in a bath of molten...
  • Armorgalv vs. Hot-Dipped
     Subscribers OnlyAs part of our investigation into anchor chain and its attachments (see PS January 2015 and June 2014 online), we...
  • Does G70 Have Risk of Hydrogen Embrittlement?
     Subscribers OnlyMention galvanized G70 chain in any discussion, and one of the first comments will be a question of the risks of...
  • Anchoring in Squishy Bottoms
     Subscribers OnlyPractical Sailor carried out its own series of anchor tests in a mud bottom in 2006 (see April 2006 and October 2006...
  • Survey: Mainsail Track Hardware
     Subscribers OnlyIt’s been almost 10 years since Practical Sailor weighed in specifically on mainsail track hardware. (See...
  • 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...

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