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A trip down boat show memory lane

Posted by Dave on Sep 21st 2023

A trip down boat show memory lane

As we busily prep exhibits for our big fall boat shows (Annapolis Sail and METSTrade, I thought it would be a fun to fire up the wayback machine and have a look at the Edson booth from the 1991 Annapo …

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Chain size and length, explained

Posted by Dave on Apr 25th 2023

Chain size and length, explained

There are two key chain measurements that you must know in order to replace your chain: length and size. Both are straightforward. "Size" refers to the pitch (length) and width of each link. There a …

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Centering your steering

Posted by Dave on Apr 3rd 2023

Centering your steering

We've been banging on about the wisdom of finally replacing your boat's old and worn chain and wire, and offering a spoonful of sugar to help the process along. The response has been very encouraging, …

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How wheel size affects steering

Posted by Dave on Jan 27th 2023

How wheel size affects steering

A couple of posts ago, we alluded to the effect that a different size wheel will have on steering. In addition to practical considerations like making it impossible to move around the cockpit or havin …

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One wheel good, two wheels better?

Posted by Dave on Jan 10th 2023

One wheel good, two wheels better?

When I first started racing on big boats, the coolest boats all had gigantic wheels, preferably sunk deep into the deck. Getting the helmsperson outboard as far and as comfortably as possible was the …

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Fitting a new sailboat steering wheel

Posted by Dave on Dec 28th 2022

Fitting a new sailboat steering wheel

For any number of reasons (some of which will be the subject of subsequent posts), you may want to change your sailboat's steering wheel. While this is actually more straightforward than a lot of …

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Cable Clamp Tricks

Posted by Dave on Dec 19th 2022

Cable Clamp Tricks

Our friends* at Captain Q posted a video of a staggeringly nice Ted Hood boat last week, and a few astute commenters caught a great but easily missed detail on the quadrant. Leaving aside ho …

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Annapolis Boat Show 2022

Posted by Dave on Oct 19th 2022

Annapolis Boat Show 2022

What a great show at Annapolis this year, and this coming from a reluctant boat show participant. With Thursday morning and pack-out time as notable exceptions, the weather was fantastic which brought …

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Give the brake a break

Posted by Dave on Sep 22nd 2022

Give the brake a break

Wheel brakes are a huge convenience. With a well balanced sail plan, your wheel brake can mind the helm while you adjust the jib trim or grab a snack from the icebox. There are, however, common things …

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Boat Show Season

Posted by Dave on Sep 6th 2022

Boat Show Season

And just like that, here we are once again at boat show season already. We don't do nearly as many shows as Edson used to do in the old days - there aren't nearly that many shows these days anyhow - b …

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Carbonautica Wheels

Posted by Dave on Jul 19th 2022

Carbonautica Wheels

We're very happy to announce that we have become the North American distributor for Carbonautica's (link) excellent range of carbon and composite steering wheels and other composite marine produc …

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Cable tension dos and don'ts

Posted by Dave on Jun 29th 2022

Cable tension dos and don'ts

A few weeks ago, we published a post about steering cable tension (link) which has proven to be remarkably popular and useful. The photo at the bottom of that post shows the tightening nut instal …

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Orange hats and all

Posted by Dave on Jun 22nd 2022

Orange hats and all

If you're not already addicted to at least a couple of YouTube sailing channels, there's a whole great world you're missing out on. Starting from before the pandemic and absolutely catching fire durin …

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Crossing Oceans

Posted by Dave on Jun 16th 2022

Crossing Oceans

The ocean crossing hype is real. Last night we watched the premiere of 11th Hour Racing's film Under The Hull (link) at Fort Adams in Newport RI, the Newport to Bermuda Race (link) starts to …

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Replacing wire steering cable with Dyneema

Posted by Dave on May 9th 2022

Replacing wire steering cable with Dyneema

Many of the world's top race boats have switched to using Dyneema rope instead of 7x19 wire. Edson has successfully supplied many systems using rope-based steering cable for many years, including on o …

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Can stainless be magnetic?

Posted by Dave on Apr 28th 2022

Can stainless be magnetic?

Many of the best blog topics come up from conversations we have around the office or customer questions. Today's comes from both so it must be an absolute humdinger!Stainless steel is generally though …

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Steering cable tension

Posted by Dave on Mar 24th 2022

Steering cable tension

An underappreciated element of sailboat steering maintenance is cable tension. Most people don't think too much about it, but in minor cases it can cause some imperfect steering responses and markedly …

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