Ever wondered how to measure for a new main while your mast and rigging is down or taken apart? Clients tell us all the time that they can’t get their measurements to us because their sailboat’s rigs are taken apart. This blog has the information on how to get the measurements for your mast sliders, backstay position, tack connections, clew slug, Max foot, halyard shackle, and your max hoist. The process is made easier with a buddy so try to have one around and call us anytime, we’re here to help.
Bobby White from Sailing Doodles sails around the world in their 30-year-old sailboat and has documented what living off-grid means for them and most other sailors out there! Follow along as Bobby takes you step-by-step through all the things you need if you want to live on your sailboat off-grid, covering batteries, power sources, freshwater options, navigation and communication, and more.
Is your sailboat ready for spring? The sailing season is almost here, but with all the joy that comes with sailing comes the monotonous task of preparing the boat for the season. Unwrapping the boat, cleaning the hull, checking the rigging… There is so much to do, and for most casual cruisers, not much time. The list and infographic below are great guides preparing for the spring sailing season. Here is a quick Spring Sailing Checklist and helpful infographic to help cut through the grime and get you back out on the water.
A Spreader Patch is a strip of Insignia cloth which is used to protect sections of your sail from chafing caused by spreaders or other sharp objects which can press up against the sail. They are applied to sails to prolong the life of your sails. In this blog examine when spreader patches should be applied and how to install them.
There is an old saying that B.O.A.T. is an acronym for “bring on another thousand”. Unfortunately there is some truth in this as sailboats require continuous maintenance and upgrades. This includes the eventual challenge of deciding between having to be content with your old, worn out sails or replacing them with new sails. Whether your sails are old and ragged or new and bright, here are a few things you can do in order to prolong the lifespan of your sails and maximize their performance.
This blog reviews what you’ll need to know to take the measurements from your existing mainsail and headsail and your tack set-back / set-up. This is best done with two people as it makes the process easier and faster and produces better measurements. Step by step instructions how to complete the measuring process and the tools needed.
Is your sail needing an instant upgrade with new sail numbers, insignias, or draft stripes? Insignia cloth can be made from polyester or Dacron and is dyed solid colors with an adhesive backing. This means that time and ultra-violet rays aren’t always kind and sometimes it is beneficial to replace your old graphics with vibrant new cloth. This blog provides how-to instructions for the removal and installation of your old sail numbers and insignias.
Reefing is meant to increase your ease-of-use, flatten sail shape, reduce sail area, and re-position the boat’s center of effort. This reduces heeling and de-powers your sails to improve safety and stability in rough weather. Reefing is an important part of sailing to learn and understand how to do efficiently and effectively.