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While it probably doesn’t cover everything, you may find the following ten point checklist useful to get your boat in top shape for the season…

1 – Check your gudgeons for signs of wear…. Replacement gudgeons are just £5.95 each
2 – Check your traveller for wear, especially at the edges where it rubs the alloy traveller eyes. Our spliced Dyneema traveller is still just £17.50.
3 – Has your centreboard brake seen better days? Replace it for just £1.95
4 – Protect the front top of your centreboard slot from wear with our wear protect pad. It also provide increased friction at the front to help keep your centreboard down.
5 – Check your control lines for wear, especially where they pass through the cleats. Also check where they rub up against the kicker fitting as this can also wear away your lines. Most control line ropes have an outer cover and a core, and the cover can suddenly give way when it is excessively worn. The signs of impending failure are a ‘fluffing up’ of the cover where it has been subject to wear in the cleating area, or where it has snagged. We have a wide range of pre-cut control lines for your outhauldownhaul and kicker, as well as rope by the metre.
6 – Have a look at your tiller extension universal joint for the first signs of any cracking…
7 – Mast wear – reduce wear of both your boat and mast with mast wear strips and mast step protection disk.
8 – Check your kicker key for signs of distortion/cracking where the flat top disk meets the shaft. The MkII rig is especially tough on kicker keys. We sell stronger kicker keys from both Harken and Allen from just £4.95
9 – Check your downhaul primary line for signs of excessive wear.
10 – Often neglected as it is a bit hidden away – have a look at the small black fairlead on your kicker assembly and look to see how grooved it has become. Turn it around to get more life out of it, or buy the new one which is made by Harken with a slightly harder plastic for just £3.60.

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Updated 16th March 2021 to reflect our new website.  Our new website now offers the ability to see prices and pay in multiple currencies, and to obtain tax-free prices. When you select a currency other that GBP£ you will see tax free prices, which is the price that you will pay provided that your delivery address is outside of the UK.   Please note that to pay in currency other than GBP£ use the credit/debit card checkout as PayPal is only in GBP£.

Sales to the European Union. On the 31st December 2020 the transitional period after leaving the European Union ended and the United Kingdom left the single market/customs union. Until 1 July 2021, sales to the European Union are now free of the 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) that is within our web pricing, BUT please note you may be liable for taxes/duties when your package reaches your country (this will vary from country to country and order value). 

On the 1st July 2021 the EU is implementing a new system for web-shops such as Southeast Sailboats to add the appropriate VAT for the destination EU country to enable more rapid delivery to customers.

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One of the most frequent questions that Southeast Sailboats is asked is what is the best outhaul configuration and the pros and cons of each?  If you look at photos of the top sailors it’s clear that there is no consensus on the best configuration.  In this article Southeast Sailboats has asked multiple world champion and Olympic Coach Jon Emmett; Team GBR sailors Micky Beckett and Matilda Nicholls; and 2020 UK Masters ILCA Standard National Champion Orlando Gledhill for their thoughts on the subject.
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Southeast Sailboats sponsored sailor Micky Beckett has written this great summary of his 2020 season.  “If I remember all the way back to March, and it feels like long enough ago, I was in Palma a few weeks ahead of the Princess Trofia Regatta. This remained the plan for about three days after arriving, and then our intentions evaporated on the 14th March. We had been following the terrifying progress of COVID-19 through the international population with as much disdain and disbelief as anyone else, but this was the day when our world turned upside down. 
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Improve the ease of use of your kicker/vang with these new solutions from Harken and Allen.

Our Harken based solution uses a 29mm Fly block with Dyneema loop and shackle/key. The 29mm Fly block features a titanium sheave for strength/light weight, and our Dyneema loop has been strength tested at Marlow ropes to greater than 1000Kg. The kicker key is the newer/stronger type and the shackle screw is secured with Locktite – we leave nothing to chance.

The Allen solution is neater. Earlier this year Southeast Sailboats asked Allen if they would manufacture a custom version of their 2030 Extreme High Load block so that the kicker key could be attached to the block without using a loop/shackle. This new block is now in stock. Featuring Allen patented dynamic bearing technology with CNC machined aluminium side cheeks and a precision turned stainless steel sheave this 30mm block makes a significant difference to the free running of the kicker making it easier to pull on.  The Allen solution is heavier than the Harken as it has a stainless rather than titanium sheave, but is neater due to the integrated kicker key.

Have a look at our premium kicker/vang top block solutions from Allen and Harken, and what GBR Team member Michael Beckett has to say about his testing of the Harken solution here….

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We have ILCA4 (4.7), ILCA 6 (Radial) and a very limited number of ILCA 7 (Standard) sails in stock with free delivery in the UK. Plus if you need it – our sail service – 
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Southeast Sailboats sponsored sailor, multiple world champion and Olympic coach Jon Emmett talks about the amazing Allen XHL kicker block in this short video…  In stock as just the block or as part of a complete system, let us transform your Laser kicker/vang system!
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Prevent your deck being worn away with these durable protection pads. Based on a Southeast Sailboats design concept implemented by Allen, the prototype designs have been extensively tested by GBR sailors Micky Beckett and Matilda Nicholls. Production injection moulded parts will be available late-September exclusively from Southeast Sailboats. Class Legal. At just £14.95 per pair this is a great way to protect your boat. Available to pre-order now!
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– by Michael Beckett Team GBR Laser sailor

“I have spent years alternating between the Marlow Excel Fusion and the Rooster Polilite® mainsheets. Both are very high performing 6mm ropes to have as a mainsheet. Let me explain my thoughts on each, and hopefully this article will help you understand the relative merits of these two mainsheets.

Because of the different fibres/construction used in each rope, they feel and wear differently.


The Marlow is a relatively hard rope, and as a result can be a little stiff, however it is a quick running rope and is actually very light when dried out. The Marlow is definitely higher maintenance of the two, and it’s a really bad idea to let the rope dry out with saltwater, it becomes immensely stiff, so make sure you wash it after sailing. The rope lasts well, better than the Rooster in my experience, but is more expensive.

Onto the Rooster which is a very good value rope, so it won’t put a massive dent in your wallet. It has a softer feel, and very consistent in diameter across the fibres – unlike the Marlow which is ever so slightly lumpy. The Rooster rope is relatively low maintenance and doesn’t seem to be too bad if you don’t wash it.

Although both mainsheets are virtually identical in diameter, the Rooster mainsheet will wear though faster than the Marlow and reach the point where the Rooster rope becomes ‘fluffy’, shortly after which the outer braid will snap, this can happen especially quickly if your ratchet block has sharp teeth!

Finally, onto the real enigmatic question, which mainsheet is going to get in a tangle at the windward mark? The biggest issue with the Rooster is what I would call its ‘invisible memory’. Should you get a knot in it, which loads up as you’re trying to yank it undone and the tangle then locks up, the rope will very easily kink and tangle in the same spot day after day, which can be a bit of a nightmare. With the Marlow rope if this ever happened I would run the entire length through my hands to squeeze out all the kinks, and it would forget that the tangle ever happened, however the Rooster doesn’t seem very good at forgetting despite the same treatment. I have changed a Rooster mainsheet halfway through a championship for this reason alone, however given the relatively low cost of the rope, this is affordable. So, I would rate Marlow Excel Fusion slightly better than Rooster Polilite® for its tangle-resistance.

My honest recommendation is to try both ropes, it is a subjective matter with no magic bullet. It may seem unnecessary to buy two mainsheets at once, but it will be twice as long until either need replacing so in reality it might a smart move!”

Our thanks to Southeast Sailboats sponsored sailor Michael Beckett for this great and insightful article.  Southeast Sailboats sells both of the above mainsheets – see our mainsheets page.

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