Standing Rigging

More Standing Rigging

  • Step By Step: Threaded Terminal Fittings
    Each manufacturer offers specific guidance for terminal assembly, and some do a better job than others. The following...
  • A Decade-long Norseman Fitting Sea Trial
    A couple of months ago, PS Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo disassembled a headstay that he had used aboard his Ericson...
  • UV, Chafe Protection
     Subscribers OnlyLast fall, we reported on how to build strong, hand-stitched eyes in the ends of a rope, a skill particularly useful...
  • 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...
  • Survey: Mainsail Track Hardware
     Subscribers OnlyIt’s been almost 10 years since Practical Sailor weighed in specifically on mainsail track hardware. (See...
  • Genoa Sheet-Lead Control Systems
     Subscribers OnlyFor decades, adjusting the genoa sheet leads from the cockpit was a luxury ascribed to racing sailboats. But...
  • Where Credit Is Due: September 2013
     Subscribers OnlyAlpenglow I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to (and recommendation of) the folks at...
  • Mailport: July 2013
    A few issues ago, you had a short article on deck hardware (blocks, traveler, cars, etc.) that included Garhauer, and...

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