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Sailing Hiking Pants

SEA Gear’s range of Airprene Hiking Pants will help you hike harder for longer when you are sailing

New this year from SEA are their Waist-Lock Sailing Hiking Pants and Shorts. They’re a great addition to an already very complete lineup of sailing hiking pants, wetsuits and wetsuit shorts and pants from Sail Equipment Australia. SEA gear is well made and these days is quite affordable, so it’s a great option for lots of sailors.

Airprene

There are a lot of sailors who don’t like a full length hiking suit during the summer months because they feel they’re too hot. Here in Adelaide it’s easy to understand why and I’m sure down in Perth and Brisbane, it’s probably even worse. The “Airprene” design of the new hiking shorts and pants let you stay a bit cooler without sacrificing the comfort and extra hiking power you get from having battened pads. These sailing hiking pants and shorts are made from SEA’s Airprene material, which is basically neoprene with a bunch of little holes punched in it. It helps keep you cooler than full thickness neoprene hikers.  Amazingly, you still remain as warm as you need to be, but get breathability of the fabric due to the little holes (that you can’t even see from a distance).

Waist Lock System

The other thing that makes these sailing hiking pants so great is SEA’s new hikers feature their Waist-Lock system which solves the perennial problem with non-suspender style hiking pants – they’re not always falling off you.  Not only do the velcro straps keep your pants up, they help support your lower back, helping you hike harder for longer. Most sailing hiking shorts and pants have some sort of draw string or Velcro waist that usually does an ok job as long as in between races and downwind you spend some time pulling the shorts back up. The SEA Waist-Lock system keeps your hikers in place all day long so you can hike hard.

The Waist Lock system on SEA Gear’s Hiking Pants keeps your pants in place, but also supports your lower back

The Waist-Lock system works using 4 separate Velcro tabs. Two on either side of your hips that cross and lock together & to the hikers in the front. Then two more tabs wrap around from your back and lock onto the other tabs. This system keeps the waist of the hikers snug all the way around regardless of how much you move around in the boat. All in all these are a great addition to the hiking options out there, especially for those people who don’t like to wear the full suspenders style. I predict they’ll be the hottest new summer fashion for Laser sailors on the Australian Laser circuit.

Is Your Boat Filling With Water? When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Bailer’s O-Rings?

Check out our latest “Tips & Tricks” Video to see how to PERMANENTLY FIX  your leaking Laser Bailer with Bailer Springs, from C-Vane.

C-Springs Replacement Springs for Laser Bailers $12.50 Buy

C-Vane’s Laser Bailer Springs will permanently fix your Laser Bailer if you have broken O-Rings that are not allowing the bailer to retract when you push the pin back in.

By extracting the Laser Bailer from the hull and following the steps on the video, you can replace the broken o-rings with stainless steel springs that will mean your bailer will continue to work – forever.

This is a “no-brainer” for any serious Laser sailor.  Combined with the Black Rubber Plug, your boat will become “leak-proof”, keeping it dry – particularly on those light wind days.

Wondering how to setup your Laser Traveller? Learn the two options for setting up your blocks, and what you should be looking for in a Laser Traveller Rope.

The Laser Traveller is often seen as a moot point.  A “set and forget” item – something not to worry about.

But before you “forget” about your Traveller, watch this video to see how some minor tweaking can make a major difference to not only your boat speed, but also the durability of your Traveller.

Traveller Line $33.00 Buy   BLOCK MAINSHEET TRAVELLER $30.64 Buy   BLOCK TRAVELLER SMALL $20.41 Buy   BLOCK TRAVELLER – NEW STYLE $82.00 Buy

Do any of these situations ring a bell for you?:

Coming off the start line and looking down to see your centreboard 3 inches up, losing you height off the line and requiring you to come in and hit it down Your centreboard continually slipping down on a run

The problem probably lies with the Centreboard Friction Pad. This rubber fitting is crucial to providing some resistance to movement of the board whilst it is in the case. As it is rubber, it wears and perishes easily. This item MUST be checked regularly and replaced when shows signs of wear. A tight elastic shockcord also helps to keep the board tilted up against the pad, but if the pad is worn, the elastic provides nothing.

 

CENTREBOARD FRICTION PAD $8.91 Buy

You only have to have it happen to you once to know, but if you’ve ever had your plastic traveller fairlead snap whilst  sailing, it is perhaps the most annoying and disabling thing that can happen on a Laser.

One minute you’re cruising along without a care in the world and then “BANG!” a $4 fitting snaps and your day is over.

The solution, upgrade your plastic fairleads to Almag fairleads. These aluminium fittings will never fail and you won’t ever have to think about them ever again. It’ll be the best $40 you’ll spend on your boat.

FAIRLEAD ALMAG $21.84 Buy

You see them on most of the top sailors boats. The look nice and sleak, sometimes shiny and often you’re thinking to yourself – do I need one of those fancy carbon tillers??

Well, the answer to that is actualluy another question – what do they provide to the boat better than a standard alloy tiller?

Firstly is the increadible weight saving – these puppies weight only 300-400 grams, and any weight you can save dragging around the course the better – combine it with a carbon extension and the weight savings grow even more.

Secondly, the extra strength gained from the carbon allow the tillers to be made with an extremely low profile. How does this help? Well, the lower the tiller is to the deck, the lower the traveller rope can be pulled down. This creates an extremely shallow angle for the traveller rope to the deck, meaning the traveller blocks are kept out hard on the edge of the deck, creating better boat speed than if they drift in from the corner.

Lastly, they are incredibly durable – you will only need to buy one for the life of the boat, unlike the alloy tillers which have been known to weaken where they exit the rudder box, occasionally snapping and ruining your day’s sailing.

So, these points put a compelling argument towards cabon tillers, but only probably when you’ve mastered keeping the boat upright – they aren’t much use if you’re upside down!!

CARBON TILLER – 12K FINISH $290.00 Buy   CARBON TILLER EXT 22MM $210.00 Buy

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