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THE BUZZ ON IN-BOOM FURLERS FOR YACHTS

An in-boom furling system will literally change the way you sail.  Sure, it’s a big-ticket item, but the investment will pay handsomely with increased safety, ease of sailing, greater efficiency and a load of other surprising advantages. Imagine hoisting and lowering the main, reefing the sail, and packing it away, from the comfort of the …

VINYL WRAPPING – ALL THE RAGE FOR YACHTS

Yacht owners in Australia are following the trend in Europe and having their boats, new or old, vinyl wrapped in all sorts of bright colours.  Why vinyl wrap? Well for a start it’s cost effective, efficient, personalises your boat and preserves resale value and the hull. Ross Turner, Commissioning Manager, Windcraft Yachts says, ‘the vinyl …

Hanse 548 Silent Power

Imagine owning a yacht with alternate power – quiet, clean, efficient and economical to run. A global shift towards silent power is giving boat owners plenty to think about. Technology for sustainable power solutions has advanced so dramatically over the years that it has become less cost prohibitive and more popular. New Zealand Windcraft boat owner, …

In mast furling

It’s a fact…. When it comes to dousing a mainsail after a day on the water a mast furling mainsail is a joy. It’s also a fact that getting a big sail to roll up into a small space can require compromises in both sail shape and roach profile. The essential challenge of mast furling …

Standing Rigging Renewal

Standing Rigging Renewal Information & Timing When should the standing rigging on a yacht be renewed? As with everything on your yacht the standing rigging has a finite life span and should be replaced periodically as it fatigues with time. The standing rigging comprises all the stainless steel wires that are used to support the …

Yachting Sustainability – Ocean Respect Racing

YACHTING SUSTAINABILITY – Ocean Respect Racing shows how to make a difference The Perfect Partnership Ocean Respect Racing, the first professional all-female crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race partnered with 11th Hour Racing, a global organisation that promotes ocean health and sustainability through sport. Skipper, Stacey Jackson and her 13 …

Headsail Footlines

7 out of 10 people l sail with don’t know that foot lines exist – let alone why ! A Foot line as the name suggests is the tensioning line that runs along the foot of the sail from the tack to the clew and works just like the leech line. In stronger airs you …

VISITING LAKE MACQUARIE BY YACHT

Revised & Updated May, 2018 as many items in my original blog have changed with time plus it has become necessary to totally revise the whole issue relating to the negotiating of Swansea Channel. Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal salt water lake in Australia. Its area is approximately 100 sq kms – four and …

Why Is My Sail Flapping?

How often do we hear this question! It can be really annoying if you think you have trimmed the headsail properly but the leech (the outer edge between top and clew) is still fluttering at best or flapping at worst… And it definitely spoils the photo’s… Ric Hawkins – Windcrafts sailing guru- reckons that leech …

Electric Halyard Winches – Enjoy With Care

Electric halyard winches are now an expected feature on our boats rather than a big boat luxury ! They greatly add to the pleasure of sailing and enhance the ease of sailing so why not. As our Windcraft owners will testify, the easier the boat is to sail, the more you do sail. The initial …

Basics of Trimming Your Headsail

Correct sail trim is not just for racing sailors! Trimming your sails properly will make your boat easier to steer, you will go faster more efficiently and with less heel. Generally more fun on the water! Alby Pratt from North Sails shares his expertise with us – On any boat the headsail is important, not …