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How to set up an Outrigger

Outriggers are a great addition to any fisherman’s boat as they enable them to increase their total catch. It is a part of the boat’s rigging composed of poles, which extend the boat. They enable the user to drop lines further away from the boat than if an outrigger was not in use, meaning there is...

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Working Loads vs Breaking Loads

Understanding the safety factors of the equipment you are working with is paramount no matter the industry you are working in. With this, it is important to comprehend the differences between working loads and breaking loads – which may sound the same, but they are not. Any configuration of...

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Stainless Steel Grades

Stainless steel is one of the most widely used materials on this planet, and it comes in a multitude of different grades and make ups. It is key to know the differences between them, and what this means for the steels various forms of applications across numerous industries worldwide. Sometimes...

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Dynamic Rope Vs Static Rope

There are a various types of rope, but one important differentiation is whether the rope is dynamic or static. This distinction is important when considering which rope to use in different applications. . So, what is the difference? A dynamic rope is one that is specially constructed to have some...

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Sister Clips, Brummell Hooks, Inglefield Clips

What are sister clips? The generic sister clip is used for joining to an identical sibling clip. They are interlocking clips that are twisted to lock in place or seal. Sister clips are sometimes known as Inglefield clips, and potentially even a brummel hook.  Each clip looks like a link of a chain,...

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Swivel Shackles, Barrel Swivels, Barrel Shackles

What are swivels? Also known as chain swivels or anchor swivels, because these mechanisms connect your anchor to your chain to help you stop the lines from knotting or twisting. The swivel piece’s purpose is to help reduce the stress on other parts of the systems that they are used in, which is...

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Ronstan North America President - Scot West

  How did I get here? Summer 1993, brutal economy. I am in my early 20s. Life was good, but I hated my job. I won’t say specifically what I was doing, but it is still the job I refer back to on bad days and think, “at least I’m not doing that!” Meanwhile, my father, a marine industry lifer, was...

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Quick Links Stainless Steel Rigging Component

What are quick links? Quick links are a mechanism for extending link chains and connecting one link chain to another. They are often made out of stainless steel but can also be found in other metals such as highly polished zinc. These mechanisms are visible in a plethora of settings and are the...

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Stainless Steel Rigging Closed & Open Thimbles

What are thimbles? When you say ‘thimble’ the most common image that comes to mind for the majority of people will be the thimble used in sewing to protect ones thumb or fingers whilst stitching for a long time. However, here we are talking about quite a different kind, which instead of looking...

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S-Hooks

  What are S-Hooks? S-Hooks are exactly what they say on the tin. They are S shaped hooks which can be used in all manner of places. They have been heavily utilised in households across the centuries for hanging pots, pans, and other home staples. They have also been used in farming in barns and...

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Track/Car, I-Beam & Travelers

  What are tracks and cars? Traveller tracks and cars are used in sailing as sail adjustment mechanisms; they are a vital piece of equipment. Each family of traveller systems (tracks and cars) is engineered to be able to deal with the different loads it is faced with and the different usages and...

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Rope Guides, Horn Cleat, T-Cleat, V-Cleat, Stoppers

What is a rope guide? It is pretty much all in the name. A rope guide is a mechanism that guides the rope, sometimes also known as a cleat. There are a number of different styles of cleats, for different usages with many types and thicknesses of rope. All of them contain a mechanism for controlling...

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Carabiner, Carbine, Karabiner Hooks

  What is a carabiner? A carabiner is a metal loop, usually D-shaped but sometimes oval, which has one spring-hinged side, called the gate, and one straight side called the spine.  It is used to hold a freely running rope and also to quickly and reversibly connect components. There are two main...

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Rope Stoppers and Parrel Beads

What is a parrel bead and a rope stopper? Parrels are loops made of rope or metal, they are loose loops to enable movement and sliding around whatever they are attached to. Parrel beads are solid balls with holes drilled through them which are threaded along the loops. Parrel beads are normally...

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Pad Eyes - Folding, Round, Bolt Through, Screw In

  Pad Eye Round Base 4 x M10 What is a pad eye? A pad eye is a device that a line runs through to provide an attachment point, they are often found on boats, and often welded or bolted to the deck or the hull of the boat. They are made typically of steel and consist of an opening for the line,...

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