Sailing Gear and Equipment
Sailing enjoyment improves leaps and bounds with smooth setting sails and easily tuned rigs. This relies fundamentally on the condition and quality of rigging. Whether sailing a large crew on a classic schooner, soloing a racing dinghy around the buoys, or chasing the horizon on a blue water cruiser, the fine tuning adjustments of sails and rig that are easy will be the ones that are made. Simplify this process with small modifications and sail command is bound to improve. We offer a wide selection of hardware and accessories designed to boost sail power, improve maneuverability on deck and increase onboard safety to keep you sailing, fair wind or foul.
Prudent seamanship requires replacement of worn hardware that has reached the end of its service life. Your crew will thank you for replacing stubborn and tired dynamic gear. Shackles, eye straps, pins and blocks should all receive attention throughout the season. Should gear need replacing, Jamestown Distributors offers a wide range of traditional to modern sailing hardware, from wooden cheek to ball bearing blocks, deadeyes to cam cleats. If winches are binding and pawls are slipping despite a routine winch service and grease, we offer smooth action two speed and single speed winches that have the strength to handle high loads on windy days. Add self tailing winches for no hassle halyard sets and mainsail trimming. Those who have watched a winch handle mistakenly sink to Davy Jones Locker will appreciate the practicality of a floating winch handle. Facilitate quick and easy sail changes on the fly with Ronstan snap shackles that open easily on demand . Solo or shorthanded cruisers should consider rigging downhauls to headsails. This keeps crew in the cockpit during a challenging douse in rough weather. Rigging a downhaul is as simple as a line led through fairleads and a block beside the forestay secured to the head of a sail. For cruisers headed offshore, try adding simple lifeline netting to ensure all hands stay onboard. After that long sail, keep the transition ashore easy with lifeline cushions and clean working pelican hooks on the gate. Fair winds and happy sailing.