Standing Rigging

When using the Mast Mate, rubber gloves offer excellent grip (see Inside PS blog post “Going Aloft Safely”)

Years Later, Mast Mate Still Riding High

Mast steps are a great help when going aloft, but they add weight where it hurts most (aloft), and halyards love to get stuck behind them. One alternative is the Mast Mate webbing ladder, which hoists on your mainsail track.

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Lashing for Strength

 Subscribers OnlyStanding rigging, stays, and lifelines; these have always been steel cable, terminated with a shackle or ball at one...

Working with High-Tech Ropes

 Subscribers OnlyIf you are working with low friction rings, sooner or later you’re going to work with Amsteel and other high...

Splicing a Polyethylene Cover

Extremely low friction allows Amsteel and other high molecular weight polyethylene (HMPE) lines to run like...

Dyneema Abrasion Test

 Subscribers OnlyAs outlined in our previous report on lifelines, high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) fiber rope has revolutionized...

A Riveting Report: Spar Fasteners

 Subscribers OnlyEvery sailor eventually feels the pull to add hardware to their spars. Maybe a piece of hardware has broken off, or...

Anti-Seize Coatings for Spars

 Subscribers OnlyIf you’ve ever been humbled by a single impossibly stuck fastener, or plan on adding hardware to your spar,...