Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Edge by Stohlquist

New for 2014, The Edge by Stohlquist, is an optimal Type III PFD with some serious wear-ability.  If the sailing you do requires the use of a lifejacket, here is one for day long comfort.

The Wrapture design means the flotation contours to the shape of the body to avoid the bulkiness typical to jackets made in large foam panels. 

The jacket has two straps on the shoulders and two on each side, giving the user full adjustability to accommodate how he or she prefers to wear it.  That range of adjustability also makes this a great jacket for juniors who are just transitioning out of youth sizes (90lbs +).

Another stellar feature is the pull tab on the zipper.  By extending past the bottom of the teeth, it gives you material to grab hold of and easily start the zipper (even with gloves.)  Brilliant!

The marsupial pocket is more than sizable enough to hold the day’s worth of snacks and sunscreens.

So get out there.   Sail fast.  And live life on the Edge!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Learn How to Use the Ronstan Clear Start Race Timer

You can get away with listening to the guns and trying to time it perfectly but if you want to start well consistently then you need a watch. You can use a standard watch like a Timex Ironman (which are great durable watches) but they don’t have a sailing oriented countdown timer. Enter the Ronstan Clear Start watch series. 

The specific watch we’re talking about today is the Race Timer. This is a purpose built device, too bulky for most people to get away with at the yacht club bar but perfect for quickly and easily seeing where you are in the start sequence. Previously we even compared its predecessor’s size to something you might see hanging around Flava Flav’s neck.

So what’s changed? All of the buttons are now located on the top of the watch so they’re less likely to get bumped by your hand or clothing in general.

The new feature I most appreciate are the deliberately placed ‘start/stop’ and ‘sync’ buttons, separate from the standard ‘mode’ and ‘set’ buttons so they’re less likely to get hit accidentally when you’re in sequence. 
It also includes a backlight to light up your night sailing and added a 10 minute Match Race specific countdown timer.

Like the old watch it retains its large easy to read numbers, an elastic band designed to be used over top of foul weather gear or around a dinghy mast, as well as a screw holes so you can mount it to a bulkhead. It also retains the ability to adjust whether you want a rolling sequence or to count down and immediately enter a count up timer.

Don’t just let me tell you what the features are, watch the video and you can see it in action! 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gore-Tex Socks by Rocky

Throughout history, one of the most devastating issues has been wet feet. Can you imagine not having to take multiple pairs of socks for a day of racing or even hiking? Sounds like some magic, eh? Well, Rocky has got it figured out. Their 11" Rocky Sock is the answer to cold, wet feet. With a Gore-Tex lining, you can rest assured that your feet will stay dry.

If you’re looking for warmth, just slip this sock over top of a wool sock and it’ll have you head-over-heels hooked. Another great use for these socks is with summer sailing shoes or boots. Maybe a pair of offshore boots isn't in the budget right now—you can simply wear these under your racers, and BAM; makeshift offshore boots.

We recommend getting 2 sizes larger than your standard shoe size in order to accommodate a warm sock underneath. Non-slip, breathable, waterproof Rocky Socks are the one article of clothing that you can ALWAYS find in my backpack.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New England Ropes WR2

The WRby New England Ropes is a Dyneema single braid covered by a Dyneema cover that is made specifically for wire replacement, and is particularly well suited for lifeline replacement.

This week I am showing you lightweight lifelines made with the new WR2. One of the least thought about and important parts of any vessels safety equipment are the lifelines.  ISAF Offshore Regulations now set minimum diameters on fibrous lifelines that have been spliced, and recommend a covered Dyneema line like the WR2 as a best option. The WR2 in the 3/16” size shown complies with all regulations on any size vessel.

As you see in the video these fibrous lifelines are easy to install and according to the manufacturer have a longer service life than the wire they replace.

If you are replacing a wire lifeline it is important that you take a file and smooth any burrs on your stanchions that the old wire may have created but once you have; you will enjoy years of maintenance free, easy to handle, lightweight lifelines.

Please feel free to call our customer service team at 800.729.9767 with any questions on replacing your lifelines with this great new alternative.