Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Convert Your Seitech or Dynamic Dolly from Standard to Fat Wheels

Dollies are a great way to store and move your boat around in season.  In some environments, it can be a bit of a workout!

 If you’re sailing in an area that requires you to haul your boat over deep sand or uneven terrain, you should consider converting your “Standard Wheel” dolly to a “Fat Wheel” dolly on both Seitech and Dynamic Dollies! 

This conversion makes hauling your boat a much easier task.  Fat wheels are available as a kit which includes two longer wheel shafts and two wheels.

Converting is as easy as removing eight screws and changing out the wheel shafts.  All you need is a Philips head screwdriver!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Terminate Line Ends at Home: Part 1

Control lines come in all different kinds - single braids, double brands, and blends of Vectran, Dyneema, and polyester. What you may have found out the hard way (in some cases) is that these lines don’t all behave the same way when hit with a Hot Knife or lighter and that sometimes it isn't practical to make a permanent termination with an End Whip, although this is always our recommended method.

We've broken it down for you into a few simple DIY ways to keep your line ends from fraying without using a hot knife.

First is heat shrink—by slipping a piece of Shrink Wrap (just slightly larger than the diameter of the rope) over the end of the rope, heating it until it contracts, then snipping it with a sharp pair of Shears, you can keep the strands from separating and fraying.

Another way to keep the ends together is by using tape. We've used Rigging Tape, but your everyday masking tape works just as well. By simply wrapping the line with tape about twice around, then snipping in the middle of the tape, you’ll get a nice clean end. Although this is not as permanent as the heat shrink method, it will work really well until you can whip the ends.

Lets take a look:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Putting together a Club Race Committee Kit

Here at APS, we have all the items necessary to get your sailing club off to the races. 

The first thing we will need are some Race MarksThe number/quantity you will need is dependent on the type of course you intend on running (see image below). Typically you will need about 5 to 6 marks for your start line, the weather mark and offset or gate. 

Now that we have some race marks, where do we put them?  To determine where we want to set our course up, we will need a few items.

First we have the Windmate 100This basic wind meter displays current, average and max wind speeds, as well as wind direction and many other functions.  The Windmate 100’s integral wind vane ensures the most accurate of measurements.

Next, we have the Steiner Vion Mini Hand Bearing Compass, aka the hockey puck.  This small, light weight, easy to use compass is perfect for sighting the line, figuring course bias or determining laylines.  Accurate up to one degree!

Next we have the ICOM IC-M24 Handheld VHF radioFor all your communication needs, from mark boat to committee boat, or signal announcements.

A few other handy items you will need will be a race timer as well as a Whistle.
For this, I recommend the Ronstan Clear Start Race Timer. With a large easy to read display, and oversized buttons, this timer can handle all your starting sequence options.

Now depending on how official or serious your club wants to be, we offer International Code Flags sold separately or as a full set.  The full set includes the full alphabet, numerals 0-9, as well as answering pennants and repeaters. 

And finally, for all you record keeping and note taking, the Wet Notes by Ritchie.   Great for anyone that needs to take notes in wet conditions, even under water.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crugear Decoration: Heat Applied Vinyl

Vinyl Heat Transfer is the preferred decorating technique when it comes to waterproof gear.

Vinyl is long-lasting and durable, which makes it the best otion for your heavier duty garments.

Because it doesn't stretch or breathe, we don't recommend it for lightweight technical wear, but you'll love it on your foulies, smocks, and other waterproof garments.

Want to learn more?  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to use the Spinlock XTR Clutch

The XTR Clutch is the latest in a long line of great products from Spinlock that is designed to hold ropes. They’re mainly used to hold halyards but are also used to hold tack lines, outhauls, vang lines; really anything that needs to be held but isn’t necessarily adjusted frequently.

It is designed for ‘mid to higher load rope holding’ which means it is designed for use on boats from 26-35’ range but can potentially be used on smaller or larger boats depending on the specific application. 

The XTR is an improvement over their previous designs in a few key manners with some trickle down features from Spinlock’s larger jammer range. The main feature is the addition of a ‘Reactive Cam’ which means that both the cam and base move in unison allowing it to hold smaller diameter high-tech lines as well as lines with tight, high-carrier covers more effectively. 

Additionally because of this technology you no longer need to have line-size specific cams or bases. This fits all sizes from 8mm and 12mm in diameter.Also, because the cam and base both move it is easier to release the line under load. Even so, we still recommend putting some tension on the line by throwing a half wrap on a winch before blowing the clutch open in order to prevent premature wear and tear on your halyards.

Another big improvement is that you do not have to remove the clutch from the deck in order to service it. The cam housing is mounted to the boat but the cam cassette (Cam Reactor Module) and handle are easily removed and replaced if necessary without having to remove the entire clutch from the boat.  

Other important, more fine-print-y details are that the XTR has the same hole-mounting pattern as the XTS/XCS clutches. They are sold in a variety of colors and also offers a side-mount kit. They’re sold only in singles, but can easily sit next to another XTR if more than one is needed.

Check out the video to see it in action:

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: