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PS Advisor: Rope Coatings to Prolong Cordage Life

New lines run fast. They fly through tackles and tangles fall right out. But they are also hard to hold in our hands, on...

Shoe Goo’s Gift to Sailors

Every now and then, we find ourselves returning to tried and true products, curious if there is some overlooked application for sailors. It was...

Rethinking MOB Prevention

Man overboard gear standards are behind the times because the sample size is tiny and the facts surrounding an accident are often clouded and...

Mailport: Tillers, bilge pumps, and lazy jacks

REDUCING CHAIN TWIST With regards to responses to your Inside PS blog post on chain twist “How Well Do Swivels Reduce Chain Twist?” as with...

Chafe Tape Plan

No one like dings, but we accept them as part of active sailing. Most boats have black marks behind winch handle pockets and dings...

Ground Tackle Inspection Tips

Your anchoring system is only as strong as its weakest component, which includes not only the rode, but also shackles, splices, mooring bitts, cleats—in...

Stitching Awl vs. Leather Palm for Sail Repair

Got a small sail or canvas repair? “Get a Speedy Stitcher!” is common advice, though rarely from someone experienced in sail repair. Sure, it seems...

Chafe Protection for Fiber Rodes

Anchorages are strewn with rocks, coral, or even an old engine blocks. For these places the best rode leader is chain. However, with diving...

Metal Chafe Plates: Functional Remedy for Scrapes and Scratches

What do you do when the pin in the leg of your folding cabin table digs up the cabin sole? What do you do...

Checking Rope Strength

We like nylon for docklines, anchor rode, and chain snubbers because it stretches, absorbing jolts that would otherwise be transferred to the boat and...