Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crugear Decoration Services: Embroidery

If you're looking for customized sailing gear for on and off the water, embroidery is the best looking and highest quality decoration service we offer. 

We can embroider a wide variety of gear, from polos to shorts to jackets. Your crew will really stand out in embroidered team gear.

Let's take a look:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Installing Laser Deck Hardware

Installing the Laser Cunningham/Outhaul Cam Cleat and Turning Block Bases  is a breeze. With a tube of Marine Silicone, you'll be on the water in no time.

For a brand new boat, you'll receive the boat without the Cam Cleat and Plate installed and will come with your rigging package.  The screws will be included.

If you’re upgrading your Laser to the control system first made class legal in 2001, you’ll need to install the block plate and cleat plate.  If your boat is older and has the traditional Cunningham bullseye and clam cleat, you’ll need to remove these two pieces by simply backing out the self-tapping screws.  You can then use these same screws to install your new hardware.

What you'll need:
3M Marine Grade Silicone Sealant
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- 4 #8 Screws (1-1/2")

Here's how you do it:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crugear Decoration Services - Dye Sublimation

Our most popular apparel decoration technique at Crügear is dye sublimation. This is because it’s vibrant, photo-realistic, and doesn't interfere with the technical aspects of your team shirts, such as breathability. You can’t feel it, which makes it the most lightweight option for adding your logos and graphics to your technical shirts and team pinnies.  The one caveat is due to it's vibrant colors, we can only use white or light gray colored shirts.

With almost endless possibilities of locations and designs, we can get your team looking good before your next big event. 

Lets take a look: 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Comparing Dinghy Boots: Waterproof or Neoprene

Not sure what type of dinghy boot is right for you?  Don't worry APS can help! The two most popular types are Neoprene or waterproof.

Neoprene boots have a zippered closure, velcro zipper keeper, and tend to be more flexible which allows a thicker than normal sock to be worn without cramping the foot.

The waterproof boots typically have a lace-up closure, are more rigid, and hold moisture just as well as it keeps the water out.

TypeMaterialsConstructionClosurePrimary Use
Waterproof BootsRubberRigidTie upSpring/Summer
Neoprene BootsNeopreneFlexibleZipperYear Round, Good for Winter

Now lets take a look: 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to use the Ronstan Constrictor Rope Clutch

The Ronstan Constrictor Rope Clutch is a whole new way to clutch and hold halyards or tacklines.  The Constrictor uses a sleeve of essentially line cover to hold the halyard fast.

Using what can most simply be described as ‘Chinese finger trap technology’ the constrictor boasts several advantages over traditional mechanical clutches. The first is a weight savings, Ronstan claims that the Constrictor is 3x lighter than conventional clutches.

The second differentiator is because there is no point loading on the line there is far less wear and tear on the line. Lastly since the Constrictor does not point load the line it is not necessary to load the line up on a winch in order to safely release the loaded line. One consideration is the length of deck space available as the Constrictor requires more space than a traditional clutch, for reference the 6mm clutch shown requires 24” of deck space.

This Constrictor is certainly innovative and it is clear why this piece of hardware has won some of the most prestigious awards with regards to sailing hardware.

Now, let’s see how it works (and don't forget your Sweedish Fid):

Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Install and Use the Tactick Micro Kit

Designed with the small keelboat and racing dinghy sailor in mind, the Tactick Micro Compass is minimalist in design and simple to use.  The true definition of less is more.

Key features include:
Digital magnetic compass bearing/heading
- Tactical compass
- Countdown race timer
- Wireless
- Solar powered
- Waterproof (up to 10m)

The Kit comes with Velcro mast mount, carrying case, a snap-in cradle that allows you to snap the Compass on and off, leaving the mount on the mast. While in use, the Micro Compass can show the Heading (magnetic bearing), Tactical heading or Start Timer.   

The twin LCD display provides an accurate, responsive heading with graphic head / lift indication with wide viewing angles providing precise and reliable data when and where you need it
You can use this precision heading reference to site marks, to check the line bias, or detect wind shifts.

Start Timer

The Micro Compass’s start timer is intuitive and easy to operate, as well as customizable to any start sequence. In order to change the start time (from 5 minutes to 3 minutes), press both mode and set keys simultaneously.  Once engaged, you will noticed the start time flash.  Now, you adjust the time up or down with the set or mode key.  Press the button mode to decrease, and set to increase the minutes.  When you have the right time, press the Mode and Set buttons simultaneously to save.

Once set up to the correct starting sequence time, press the set key to start the countdown. Audible beeps will count you down to the start, with beeps every 10 seconds under one minute, and beeps every second under 10 seconds.

If you were a little late on the gun, press the set key to re-sync the timer to the nearest full minute.
When the countdown reaches zero, Micro Compass returns to the mode it was in, before the countdown timer was set.  If interested in elapsed time, press the mode key until you see the Timer mode indicator at the top of the display.


The first of the compass modes is a traditional magnetic compass.  It features large numbers that are easy to read even from sharp angles. 

Tactical Mode

The Tactical mode is for the upwind beat and is customizable to your boats tacking angle.  The adjustment range is 1˚, 2˚, 5˚or 10˚. The Micro adds half the tack angle to the starboard display, and subtracts half the tack angle from the port display, so that you are always looking at the same number, whichever tack you are on.  While on port tack look at the port display, and on starboard tack look at the starboard display.  If the wind shifts, then you will see the displayed number change accordingly.

When on starboard, if the number gets smaller then you should tack (tack on -). When on port, if the number gets bigger then you should tack (tack on +). Header or Lift?  You decide when to tack.

From club racing to your local OD fleet, the Tactick Micro Compass is an excellent choice to keep you going in the right direction.

Now, lets see it in action: