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Annapolis Show Stokes Material Desires


by Michael Lovett

I've just returned from the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., where the sailing industry convenes each fall to show off its latest doodads. Cruising the docks and tents, I visited a few of the show's 600 exhibitors to scope out new products for "Gear Up." I found new releases and old standbys, items you wouldn't want to leave the dock without, and items designed to be left at the dock.

I wasn't quite sure what the fascinating gadgets I spied on display at the Spinlock booth were supposed to do--they looked like mini, high-tech pasta extruders--but I couldn't resist fiddling around with them. Spinlock representative Alex Foster caught me before I could destroy one of his PXR cam cleats, which he said could be used for everything from spinnaker halyards to cunninghams. These ice-cube-size cleats have adjustable release springs, so you can control how much tension the cleat keeps on the line once it's released. more...
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