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A life jacket is the most important piece of gear for anyone spending time on the water. Shop our selection of great fitting and durable US Coast Guard approved life jackets, Buoyancy Aids, Inflatable PFDs, and pinnies for adult and junior sailors.
Sailing life jackets are an essential part of your apparel kit and the one piece of gear that can truly save your life. The importance of a life vest, especially for kids, is obvious and cannot be taken lightly by anyone who gets on a small sailboat. Be safe and enjoy your time on the water with these comfortable and stylish life jackets. We carry US Coast Guard approved life jackets as well as CE approved Buoyancy Aids and Inflatable PFDs. Options available for men, women, and kids in a variety of styles, colors, and price points, so we have something for every budget.
US Coast Guard Approved Life Jackets These are US Coast Guard approved, Type III life jackets (sometimes called personal flotation devices or PFDs), and meet all requirements for US Sailing. Type III life jackets are the most common among small boat sailors. They have more foam buoyancy than a buoyancy aid and are designed to keep a person facing upwards in the water, even when unconscious. This is the primary safety benefit over a buoyancy aid and why a proper USCG approved life jacket is recommended for most sailors, particularly youth sailors and those who are poor swimmers.Shop USCG Approved Life Jackets
Buoyancy AidsPopular in Europe, buoyancy aids are typically lighter and more slim fitting than USCG approved PFDs. They have less foam buoyancy than a proper life jacket and will not keep a person upright in the water if unconscious. These should only be used by experienced swimmers and in conditions where there is access to quick rescue and/or sailing in sheltered water.
Inflatable PFDsDesigned for larger boat sailing, these vests automatically inflate in water. Popular among keelboat and offshore sailors. They are not recommended for dinghy sailors who may more routinely enter the water in the event of a capsize as this will trigger the inflation. They offer similar flotation properties to a standard Type III life jacket.
Pinnies & Spandex VestsTypically worn over a life jacket or buoyancy aid, these stretchy spandex tops help prevent snags. They are often decorated for team sailing. By no means a required piece of gear, they have become popular among many dinghy sailors to represent clubs and sailing teams.
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Spray tops, thermal tops, spandex tops, and technical shirts for sailing.
Complete your kit with a great sailing top. We offer a huge selection of spray tops, thermal tops, spandex tops, and technical shirts for your next sailing adventure.
Spray pants, waterproof trousers, leggings, and shorts designed for sailors.
Shop our extensive range of waterproof spray pants and trousers, performance sailing pants, hydrophobic and spandex leggings, and shorts from Gill, Zhik, Ronstan, Helly Hansen, and more. Styles for men, women, and junior sailors. Free Shipping available on qualifying orders over $49.
Hiking pants offer comfort so you can hike harder in your sailboat.
Add comfort into the sailing equation with a new pair of sailing hiking pants! West Coast Sailing has one of the most extensive selections of hiking pants & shorts for dinghy sailing. Shop classic 3/4 length hikers that protect your knees, hikers with fixed (sewn on) pads or adjustable/removable pads, or padded shorts and pants for situations where a bit of extra padding is needed.
Full neoprene wetsuits and farmer john style sleeveless skiff suits designed for dinghy sailors.
A wetsuit is a popular and versatile garment for spring and fall sailing, offering core warmth and the ability to add or subtract layers as conditions change. Pair with a smock top and thermal top for those chilly days on the water! Wet suits available in full length, farmer john style sleeveless, pants, and shorts styles for adults and kids.Pick up yours today and keep sailing late into the season.
A drysuit offers full body protection from the elements and a favorite for cold weather sailing!
Sailing deep into the cold of winter? A drysuit is a must for any dinghy sailor sailing in extremely cold conditions. Waterproof fabric and seals at the wrist and neck mean your drysuit is fully submersible and will keep you warm and dry inside. Layer up with a combination of base layers and mid layers depending on the conditions.
Shop dinghy sailing boots and rubber sailing boots from Gill, Ronstan, Zhik, and Rooster plus deck shoes and socks.
Whether its ankle-length short boots, or mid-calf length, we've got the sailing boots that are right for you. Our rubber sailing boots have a broad fit to accommodate thicker socks and warm layers. Neoprene boots provide great support and protection for the active dinghy sailor. Or shop deck shoes for big boat sailing and our full range of socks and other footwear accessories.
A great pair of gloves are a key part of any sailors kit and provide both grip and all day comfort for handling line on a sailboat.
Protecting your hands is as important as protecting anything on your boat. At West Coast Sailing, we carry a wide range of sailing gloves for fast action dinghy sailing, scholastic sailing, cruising, keelboat sailing, offshore sailing, and more. Shop short finger gloves and long finger gloves styles for traditional sailing gloves with great grip and protection. These are perfect for the majority of sailors on multiple styles of boats. Heading out in the cold? Shop our selection of winter gloves, designed with neoprene and other warm materials to keep your hands warm on the water while providing grip and dexterity. These are a must for late fall, winter, and early spring sailing. And finally, if you're looking for ultra lightweight grip, check out our selection of gardening grip gloves, designed to grip small diameter line and hold on tight. These are prefect for skiff sailors. We also carry several offshore gloves for use on larger boats or in cold sailing conditions.
Sailing headwear including hats, beanies, visors, and wool hats.
Whether you're looking to keep the sun off your face or need a warm beanie for a cold winter day, we have all the latest sailing headwear from top brands including Gill, Zhik, Rooster, and more. Find your perfect cap and hit the water in style!
A waterproof jacket is a key piece of gear for any sailor. Stay dry and comfortable on and off the boat with a new jacket from Gill or Zhik, with styles for men, women, and junior sailors.
A proper waterproof jacket will protect you from water, wind, and spray, whether on the boat or off. These jackets are great for dinghy sailors looking for something to wear in the boat yard, cruising around the bay, or taking on an offshore excursion. Shop top rated and durable options from Gill and Zhik for men, women, and junior sailors.
Shop top rated dinghy sailing accessories including watches, bags, sunglasses, helmets, and more.
We have a wide range of headwear, gloves, watches, bags and luggage, tools and knives, product care items, coaching accessories, and more.
Sailing gear designed for the female sailor. These pieces offer a more tailored and comfortable fit for long hours on the water. It's time to look, feel, and sail your best!.
Sailing gear designed specifically for female sailors including tops, life jackets, wetsuits, and accessories.
Sailing Gear Designed For Youth Sailors
Junior sailing gear designed specifically for kids. From Gill spray tops, to Zhik wetsuits, life jackets, hats, gloves, and more, we've got everything you need to properly outfit your young sailor for their next adventure!
Both Gill and Zhik make junior specific sailing gear, though each brand uses a slightly different sizing chart and scale for assigning junior sizing. Typically, Gill 'junior specific' gear is available in sizes Junior S - Junior L, which roughly correlates to a kids 8, 10, and 12. The brands Ronstan, Stohlquist, and WinDesign follow a similar convention. Zhik sizing now includes a fourth size, so their range is Junior XS - Junior L, with kids 8-14. Wre understand this can be confusing, so our best advice is to please consult size charts on specific products for more information before making a sizing decision for your junior sailor.
Shop up to 60% off great sailing gear including past season colors, discontinued gear, overstocks, and more.
Shop up to 60% off great sailing gear including past season colors, discontinued gear, overstocks, and more. All gear is *brand new* (unless otherwise indicated) and ready to hit the water. Use the category filters to sort by product type, size, brand, price, and more.
**Items included on this Deals page (or other product categories) are eligible for exchange (if other sizes/colors are available) or return for store credit only. A note about this policy is included on applicable product pages. Scholastic ICSA, ISSA, and other related discounts do not apply. For additional information on these policies, please see our Returns & Exchanges page.
Laser sailboat and ILCA dinghy parts including sails, spars, deck fittings, blades, covers, dollies, accessories & upgrades. West Coast Sailing is your ultimate source for all things Laser and ILCA dinghy sailing, trusted by sailors worldwide and supporting the sailing community since 2005.
If you’re looking for Laser sailboat and ILCA dinghy parts, you’ll find virtually any item you need to repair or maintain your sailboat here. Browse through our array of class legal Laser and ILCA dinghy parts including sails, tillers and blades, deck fittings, vangs, control lines, dollies, covers, blade bags, compasses, upgrades, and more. In addition to our full selection of ILCA International Laser Class Association approved parts and fittings, for recreational sailors or programs, check out our practice parts section for non class legal parts. Our staff of dinghy sailors is here to assist with any questions you might have and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on qualifying orders over $49. Let us help you get ready to own the water on your sailboat.
Laser vs ILCA
Guide to Laser/ILCA Parts Categories
Helpful Resources for Laser / ILCA Sailors
ILCA Dinghy parts from Ovington Boats, a International Laser Class Association approved builder, available now at West Coast Sailing.
West Coast Sailing has partnered with Ovington Boats to offer International Laser Class Association (ILCA) approved boats, fittings, and spare parts to Laser sailors in North America. We have worked with Ovington for many years and believe they offer the finest quality boats and parts for the sailor looking for the ultimate in performance and craftsmanship. Shop class legal sails, spars, tillers and blades, deck fittings, spar parts, rigging, and more. Enjoy fast, free shipping on qualifying orders over $49.
Guide to ILCA Parts Categories
Popular Accessories for ILCA Sailors
West Coast Sailing offers an industry leading selection of upgrades and accessories for both ILCA dinghy and Laser sailboats. Products such as covers, dollies, wind indicators, carbon tiller extensions, blocks, and other upgrades do not need to be sourced from a designated class builder. Shop popular accessories by category below.
Parts & Accessories for Sunfish Sailboats
Since the 1950s, there has been no better way to play on the water than in a Sunfish. Whether you're looking to upgrade to a new sail, or need new line, masts or booms, West Coast Sailing has the Sunfish sailboat parts you're looking for. Find out why we're the go to source for dinghy sailing parts and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on most orders over $49. Our staff of Sunfish and dinghy sailing experts is on hand to answer questions about rigging a Sunfish and provide tips. Let us help you get ready to own the water in your Sunfish!
Parts & Accessories for Opti Sailboats
West Coast Sailing is your source for Opti parts. We offer a full range of Optimist sailboat racing sails, spar sets, blades, tillers, covers, accessories, and more. Find go fast upgrades for racers or durable parts for recreational and club sailors. Fast, free shipping on orders over $49.
Parts & Accessories for Hobie Cat Sailboats & Kayaks
If you’re looking for Hobie sailboat parts, you’ll find virtually any item you need to repair or maintain your hobie catamaran sailboat here. Browse through our huge selection of Hobie Cat approved parts for the Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie 17, Hobie 18, Hobie Bravo, Hobie Wave, Hobie Getaway, Hobie Adventure Island, Hobie Tandem Island, and more. Parts locators located on each page for easy reference!
Replacement Parts and Accessories for RS Sailboat at West Coast Sailing.
RS Sailing has grown into one of North America's most popular small sailboat brands. In an effort to better serve existing boat owners and fleets, West Coast Sailing is pleased to offer an extensive selection of replacement parts, upgrades, and accessories for key RS Sailing boats. Shop online today and get your boat back out on the water. Contact our team if there is a part not currently available online and we can work to source it for you.
Parts & Accessories for 29er Sailboats
If you’re looking for 29er sailboat parts, you’ll find virtually any item you need to repair or maintain your sailboat here. Browse through our wide selection of 29er parts and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on qualifying orders over $49!
Parts & Accessories for 420 Sailboats
If you’re looking for C420 sailboat parts, you’ll find virtually any item you need to repair or maintain your sailboat here. Browse through our huge selection of C420 parts for sale – and receive free shipping on orders of $35 or more!
Parts & Accessories for FJ Sailboats
West Coast Sailing is your source for FJ sailboat parts. Also known as the Flying Junior, this double-handed dinghy is used extensively for racing and junior sailing on the west coast. We stock main, jib, and spinnaker sails, masts and booms, hull fittings, centerboards, rudders, and tillers, covers, blade bags, dollies, pre-cut lines, accessories, and more. Free shipping on orders over $35 and no sales tax. Let us help you get your FJ back on the water!
Parts and accessories for popular one design dinghy sailboats including Tasar, I14, 505, Weta, Lightning, Snipe, Flying Scot, Thistle, and Vanguard 15
We offer a variety of parts and accessories for many types of small sailboats and popular dinghies including the Tasar, I14, 505, Weta, Lightning, Snipe, Flying Scot, Thistle, and Vanguard 15. Find the boat you need parts for in our list above to see all the items that are made specifically for your boat. If you don't see what you are looking for, the part may be a general part which will be located under our General Parts tab at the top of the page.
General Parts & Hardware - We offer a huge selection of General Parts including hardware, blocks, cleats, shackles, accessories and more here.
Product Suggestions - If you're looking for a specific part for your boat that you cannot find, let us know. We are actively working to expand our one design parts offering and welcome your input for parts you think we should be stocking to make it easier for you to get back out on the water. Submit you idea via our Product Suggestion Form (opens in new tab).
Parts & Accessories for Popular One-Design Keelboats
West Coast Sailing has long been a go-to source for dinghy sailboat parts, and is rapidly expanding it's offering of parts and accessories for many popular one-design keelboats such as the J/22, J/24, Sonar, Etchells, J/105, Melges 24, and more. This is a work in progress for us and we look forward to fully rounding out our catalog to make shopping easy and convenient.
Line - Great options for halyards, sheets, control lines, and rigging in a wide range of diameters and materials available on our Line page.
Apparel & Accessories - We also offer large range of Apparel and Accessories from all of your favorite sailing brands.
West Coast Sailing is your source for all things Hobie Cat including the full range of Hobie kayaks, parts, and accessories.
West Coast Sailing is your source for all things Hobie Cat including the full range of Hobie kayaks, parts, and accessories. Browse our complete list of parts below, organized in helpful categories. We offer flat rate $5 shipping on all Hobie Cat orders over $35 (excluding oversize items) and easy returns & exchanges. Need help finding an item? Check out the Hobie Kayak Parts & Accessories catalog (link opens PDF in new tab).
We stock a huge selection of small boat sailing blocks from Harken and Ronstan.
Block choice can make or break the performance and ease of use of your sailboat. We stock a huge selection of small boat sailing blocks from Harken and Ronstan, including 16mm AirBlocks, Carbo Blocks, T2 Blocks, Ratchet Blocks, Orbit Blocks, and more. Each of these block ranges are available in a number of configurations including single, single with becket, double, triple, with or without ratchet, and more. If you're looking for small boat blocks, we've got you covered!
Shop our hand-picked selection of cleats, blocks, shackles, pins, and ring dings designed for a variety of sailboats
Shop our hand-picked selection of cleats, shackes, pins & ring dings, winches, tillers & tiller extensions, wire hardware, sail furling systems, and traveler cars and track designed for sailboats.
Outfit your boat with the latest accessories including wind indicators, mast floats, inspection ports, maintenance items, and more.
West Coast Sailing offers a full range of accessories for your sailboat including wind indicators, inspection ports, drain plugs, mast floats, tell tails, hiking straps, hiking benches, maintenance and repair items, books and DVDs, and more. Enjoy fast, free shipping on qualifying orders over $49 when you shop today!
We offer a full range of hull and deck covers, blade bags, spar bags, and sail bags to keep your boat protected.
Protect your boat with a new cover or bag! We offer a full range of hull and deck covers, blade bags, spar bags, and sail bags to keep your boat protected and your gear organized for a variety of small sailboats. Shop covers and bags for Laser, Sunfish, Opti, 29er, 420, FJ, Tasar, V-15, Hobie Cat and more. Multiple styles and fabrics available to suit any budget.
West Coast Sailing has all the tools you need to store and transport your small sailboat, dinghy, kayak, or other small boat including beach dollies and replacement dolly fittings, trailers, storage racks, and more.
We stock a wide variety of trailers, storage and trailer racks, beach dollies and dolly parts. Whether you are moving your boat up and down the beach or across the country, we have a solution for you. Beach dollies available from Dynamic Dollies & Racks and Seitech plus trailers from Trailex, Right-On, and Carnai. Need a custom solution? We do that too! Give us a call or send an email with your particular situation and we'll recommend a great solution. Spend more time on the water with a new dolly, trailer, or rack.
With great brands such as Tick Tack, Velocitek, Standard Horizon, and Loos & Co we offer some of hte best compasses, electronics, and handheld VHF radios that are shock proof, water resistant, and more.
West Coast Sailing is pleased to offer a range of sailing instruments and electronics, including deck compasses from TackTick and Velocitek, handheld VHF radios from Standard Horizon and iCom, tension guages from Loos & Co, plus a full range of complementary mounting brackets, accessories, and more.
A small sailors tool or knife can be secured in an easy to grab pocket of a pfd for whenever a line needs to be cut or a cam spring tension adjusted and more.
Always be prepared with a knife or handy tool to quickly fix a snag in line or tighten small drain plugs or adjust cam spring tensions and more.
Sail numbers are used to identify your boat on the water. Shop our extensive selection of sizes and colors for all sailboats.
Display your sail number on your sail with adhesive-backed sail numbers. These insignia numbers are made from a sticky back dacron material and do not add any significant weight to the sail. We carry pre-cut style "Euro" numbers and the traditional "Digital 8' style numbers, which can be cut to any specific number, in a variety of number heights and colors. For Laser sails, select the 12 inch numbers in either Digital 8 or Euro style. We also stock Hobie Cat specific numbers for boats like the Hobie 16, Hobie 17, and Hobie 17 plus Tasar class specific red numbers.
Types of Sail Numbers
Digital 8 - These are universal numbers in the shape of the digit '8' from which you can cut any specific number you need.
Pre Cut / Euro - Unlike Digital 8 numbers, 'Euro' style or 'Pre Cut' numbers are cut to specific numbers or letters for a clean finish. These are preferred by many sailors as they have a higher quality look on the sail.
Used Sailboat Parts & Equipment
Looking for a great deal on lightly used sailing gear? We've collected some great gear from the warehouse including sails, rudders, and mast sections. This equipment is either lightly used or in new condition with small blemishes. Check the individual product page for more detailed information about product condition. Stock is limited, so order today!
Control lines for sailboat vangs, cunninghams, outhauls, and more.
West Coast Sailing offer a wide selection of control lines for small sailboat vangs, cunninghams, outhauls, and more. These lines are low stretch, durable, and hold up well in cleats. Check our best selling options like Robline Dinghy Control and Marlow Excel Racing for performance applications or Sirius 500 for light duty or recreational use. Diameters between 2 mm and 8 mm available in a variety of colors.
4mm / 5mm Robline Sirius 500
2mm / 3mm / 4mm / 5mm Robline Dinghy Control
4mm / 5mm Marlow Excel Racing
6mm Marlow DoubleBraid
6mm Robline Dinghy Control Line
If you are replacing an existing line, the easiest way to determine what diameter you need is to match what you already have. This can be done with a caliper or by close estimation with a tape measure. If you've previously used a 5mm control line and it has performed well, another 5mm line is likely a great choice. In most applications, there is some flexibility in the exact diameter that can be used. Most blocks, for example, have an 'ideal' diameter (ie, the line diameter that runs most effectively though the block's sheave) but also have a range so that you can run a slightly thinner or slightly thicker line. If you have a control line that is getting hung up in your rig, stepping down 1-2mm might help the halyard run more efficiently. If you have a larger boat or rig and want to run a thinner control line , consider a double braid high tech line that features a Dyneema or spectra core for strength.
1mm = 3/64 inch | 2mm = 5/64 inch | 3mm = 1/8 inch
4mm = 5/32 inch | 5mm = 3/16 inch | 6mm = 1/4 inch
7mm = 9/32 inch | 8mm = 5/16 inch | 9mm = 3/8 inch
10mm = 25/64 in | 11mm = 7/16 in | 12mm = 1/2 in
Two terms you will often see in line descriptions are 'double braid' and 'single braid', which refer to the way the line is constructed. At the most basic level, a double braid line has a cover and a core whereas a single braid does not, but there are other important distinctions to consider when making a line selection.
Single Braids are made up of either 8 or 12 strands that are braided into a circular pattern, half clockwise and half counter clockwise. This produces a line that is supple, absorbs twists, and tends not to kink. There are two types of single braid lines: performance single braids and polyester/blended single braids. Performance single braids are made from fibers with very low stretch and designed to handle extreme loads - think Dyneema, Spectra, or Vectran. Polyester/blended single braids, sometimes called hollow braid, are soft and easy to grip, built for sheets and hand-adjusted control lines. These are less common than performance single braid lines but recommended in a few specific applications.
Double Braids, sometimes called braid on braid, have a braided core within a braided outer jacket or cover. This creates a strong, durable, smooth-running line that is easy to handle. Double braids are used for the vast majority of all running rigging on sailboats including sheets, halyards and control lines for both cruising or racing. There are two types to consider: polyester double braids and high-tech double braids. Polyester double braids, found most commonly on recreational and cruising sailboats, have a polyester cover with polyester core. These are low maintenance, affordable, and long-lasting, while offering relatively low stretch and high working loads. For additional strength and minimal stretch, consider high-tech double braids. These lines typically feature a Dyneema or Spectra core (non-stretch) inside a polyester or polyester/dyneema blend cover for additional durability. They are more expensive but often the go to choice for high performance racing boats.
For control lines, we typically recommend Double Braids, particularly for the portion which is either cleated or is handled by the sailor. If you control line system requires a 'secondary' line (such as on a Laser vang, for example), a single braid high tech line such as Dyneema or Spectra is appropriate.
Looking to clean up the end of your line or need to add a splice to your rig? Visit our Whipping & Splicing page for a full selection of whipping twine, fids, splicing needles, and complete splicing kits. Perfect for the DIY sailor looking to further optimize their rigging.
Line for sailboat main halyards, jib halyards, and spinnaker halyards. For advice on selecting the right halyard, see the information at the bottom of this page.
A halyard line is the rope that pulls the sail up the mast. On some small sailboats, this might be a short 20 foot length of basic 5mm line. On larger, performance boats, this might be 80 feet of high tech double braid line. No matter what type of halyard line you need, West Coast Sailing has you covered. Shop diameters between 4 mm and 12 mm including favorites such as Marlow Doublebraid, Robline Admiral 5000, Dinghy Control Line, Sirus 500, and more.
5mm Robline Sirius 500
6mm Marlow Pre Stretch
5mm Robline Dinghy Control
4mm / 6mm Alpha SSR
6mm Robline Orion 300
6mm / 8mm Marlow DoubleBraid
6mm / 8mm / 10 mm Robline Admiral 5000
If you are replacing an existing line, the easiest way to determine what diameter you need is to match what you already have. This can be done with a caliper or by close estimation with a tape measure. If you've previously used a 7mm halyard and it has performed well, another 7mm line is likely a great choice. In most applications, there is some flexibility in the exact diameter that can be used. Most blocks, for example, have an 'ideal' diameter (ie, the line diameter that runs most effectively though the block's sheave) but also have a range so that you can run a slightly thinner or slightly thicker line. If you have a halyard that is getting hung up in your rig, stepping down 1-2mm might help the halyard run more efficiently. If you have a larger boat or rig and want to run a thinner halyard, consider a double braid line that features a Dyneema or spectra core for strength.
For halyards, we typically recommend a line with double braid construction because they hold their shape well under load and when cleated or in a clutch.
Browse top line recommendations for sailboat mainsheets, jib sheets, spinnaker sheets, and more for dinghies, sportboats, and keelboats.
Sheets control trim of sails such as the mainsail, jib, and spinnaker. Browse top line recommendations for sailboat mainsheets, jib sheets, spinnaker sheets, and more. Check out performance favorites such as Dinghy Sheet XL, Rooster Polilite, Coppa 500, and Samson Ultra-Lite and reliable options such as Marlow Double Braid and Orion 300. Whether you need a new Laser mainsheet, spinnaker sheets for your cruising boat, or jibsheets for your sportboat, we offer a selection of the industry's best sailing line from top brands you can trust.
8mm Robline Orion 500
6-8mm New England Ropes Bzzz
6mm-12mm Marlow DoubleBraid
6mm-7mm Rooster Polilite
6mm-8mm Dinghy Sheet XL
6mm-12mm Marlow DoubleBraid
9mm Top Cruiser Kmix
10mm-11mm Robline Orion 300
6mm-8mm Samson Ultra-Lite
5.5mm-9mm Coppa 5000
If you are replacing an existing line, the easiest way to determine what diameter you need is to match what you already have. This can be done with a caliper or by close estimation with a tape measure. If you've previously used a 7mm sheet and it has performed well, another 7mm line is likely a great choice. In most applications, there is some flexibility in the exact diameter that can be used. Most blocks, for example, have an 'ideal' diameter (ie, the line diameter that runs most effectively though the block's sheave) but also have a range so that you can run a slightly thinner or slightly thicker line. If you have a sheet that is getting hung up in your rig, stepping down 1-2mm might help the sheet run more efficiently. If you have a larger boat or rig and want to run a thinner sheet, consider a double braid line that features a Dyneema or spectra core for strength.
For control lines, the exact choice can vary based on preference and type of boat sailed, but typically we recommend a standard single braid (soft hand, great for mainsheets on smaller boats!) or a double braid polyester or double braid high tech line.
High tech line for performance dinghy sailing including FSE Dinghy Control, Marlow Excel Racing, Alpha SSR, and more.
For sailboat racing, high tech line that is durable and offers minimal stretch isn't an option, it's a requirement. West Coast Sailing offers a range of high tech line options including Samson Ultra-Lite, Alpha Ropes SSR, Robline Dinghy Control, Marlow Excel Racing, and Robline Coppa 500. These lines have a strong, low stretch Spectra or Dynemma core with a durable cover.
Durable Line Options for Recreational and Cruising Sailors
Outfitting your sailboat for recreational sailing or cruising doesn't mean sacrificing on line. At West Coast Sailing, we offer a variety of high quality, durable, and affordable line options designed for the recreational and cruising sailor. Line has come a long way in the past 5-10 years, with even the most entry level options offering more strength, durability, and uv resistance than ever before.
Spectra and Vectran line have extremely low stretch and are perfect for performance applications such as travelers or as part on a control set up.
If you're looking for line with near zero stretch, then our selection of Dyneema, Spectra, and Vectran lines are for you! These high tech lines have near zero stretch and perfect for performance applications such as travelers or as part on a control set up. These lines are uncovered and more likely to wear, but do feature UV coating to protect from sun damage.
Dynema® and Spectra® are made from UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene), a long chain, high strength, oriented strand, synthetic fiber with very high strength and high abrasion resistance. This fiber is also known as HMPE (High Modulus PolyEthylene). Dynema® is the Dutch company DSM Dyneema's brand of UHMWPE, used by Samson in their Amsteel and Amsteel-Blue dyneema lines. Honeywell International produces a similar UHMWPE fiber, marketed as Spectra®. Both Dyneema (Dynema) and Spectra offer nearly identical characteristics are can be used interchangeably in sailing applications, depending on where you source your line.
Made from a LCP (liquid crystal polymer) fiber, Vectran exhibits high strength, excellent creep and abrasion resistance, excellent flex/fold and chemical resistance, and outstanding heat and cut resistance. Vectran is an alternative to Dyneema or Spectra and less stretch and creep. Many think Vectran is the ultimate fiber, though it does not have quite the fatigue life or UV resistance of Dyneema or Spectra. Also it is a little heavier and will not float.
Dyneema, Spectra, and Vectran lines are recommend for use in applications where low to zero stretch is the core requirement. It's common to see these lines used as halyards, in sail control line systems, as travelers, or even as replacements for wire rigging in some performance applications. Since most low stretch Dyneema, Spectra, and Vectran lines are a single-braid without a cover, they are not recommended for applications where the line needs to be cleated and uncleated often. In those use cases you'll want to consider a line with a cover, such as a high performance dyneema or spectra core line with a heavy duty polyester cover.
The Dyneema, Spectra, and Vectran lines on this page are Single Braids. The exception is the Robline Dinghy Vectran, which has a Vectran core.
Small Diameter 1mm - 3mm Sailing Line
Small diameter 1mm - 3mm Sailing Line from Robline, Samson, New England Ropes, and more.
10mm = 25/64 in. | 11mm = 7/16 in. | 12mm = 1/2 in.
Medium Diameter 4mm - 8mm Sailing Line
Medium diameter 4mm - 8mm Sailing Line from Robline, Samson, New England Ropes, and more.
Large Diameter 9mm - 12mm Sailing Line
Large diameter 9mm - 12mm Sailing Line from Robline, Samson, New England Ropes, and more.
Shop our selection of Shockcord & Bungee plus floating Polypropylene Line
Shockcord, or bungee, is used on small sailboats to secure daggerboards, centerboards, hiking straps, and more. This stretchy line is useful anywhere you need give in an attachment point. Polypropylene is a floating line commonly used as a bow line on small boats such as Optimists and Lasers.
Shockcord is a unique type of line that stretches and then recovers back to the original length. The core is comprised of parallel strands of round latex rubber yielding 85% to 100% elongation and recovery, with a polyester cover. West Coast Sailing offers a high quality shockcord in a range of diameters.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer material that has a wide variety of uses. For sailors, it offers a line that is tough, flexible, and strong yet lightweight enough to float which makes this ideal for dinghies and small keel boats. It is commonly used as a dinghy tow rope, an economy dinghy mainsheet, or even as a spinnaker take down line on larger keel boats.
Line Kits for Popular One Design Sailboats including Laser, Sunfish, and Tasar.
Line Kits for Popular One Design Sailboats including Laser, Sunfish, Hobie 16, Weta, and Tasar. These kits include pre cut line for every application on your boat so it's easy to quickly replace and upgrade worn or tired line. All kits are designed by the experts at West Coast Sailing and feature lengths, diameters, and materials we recommend to sailors every day.
Pre Cut Line: Halyards, Sheets, & Control Lines
West Coast Sailing makes it easy to replace lines on your sailboat with a selection of pre cut halyards, sheets, control lines, and more. Our expert team has selected line based on recommended material, diameter, and length so you'll know it will work great!
Mini spools of 1.2mm - 4mm vectran, lashing line, and whipping twine for sailboats and repair.
FSE Whipping Twine Kit line and Opti Dinghy Lashing Line. WinDesign 1.2mm, 3mm, and 4mm vectran mini spools. These spools are handy for keeping in your rigging kit and can be used in countless ways on your small sailboat or even larger boat. Great in a pinch for repairs or lashing items.
Tools and accessories for whipping and splicing sailing line.
Give your rig the finishing touches with whipping twine or a custom splice. We offer whipping twine spools and kits as well as a variety of fids and splicing tools.
West Coast Sailing is your preferred RS Sailing dealer, offering boats for training, recreation, and racing. Discover the joy of sailing and the thrill of adventure on a new RS this summer.
Born from a passion for using the latest in design and technology to build boats that are exciting, fast, and fun, RS Sailing is the world's fastest growing small sailboat brand. Their extensive range of fiberglass and rotomould sailboats include everything from flat-out racing boats to boats for beginners, families, clubs, and sailing schools. West Coast Sailing is the West Coast USA regional distributor for the entire range of RS sailboats and a key voice in the development of RS racing and sailing activities in North America. We are proud supporters ofr the RS moto, 'Sail it. Live it. Love it.' are are here to help you find the perfect RS sailboat for your personal sailing, your family, or your sailing program.
The Perfect Boat for Every Sailor
Backed by 15 Years of Industry Experience
West Coast Sailing was founded in 2005 with one vision: to be the leading resource for products, services, and information in the small sailboat industry. Over the past 15 years we've worked with thousands of sailors around the world, outfitting individual sailors, families, programs, and sailing centers with the right boats. Our team is dedicated as ever to this vision and is here to help you find the perfect boat to enjoy your time on the water. Find out more about our story by clicking here.
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Since 1950, Hobie Cat Sailboats has been shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and quality products. From the iconic Hobie 16 and family fun Hobie Getaway to the innovative and fun Tandem Island and Mirage Eclipse, Hobie Cat offers a boat for every one. We look forward to helping you get out in the water on a new Hobie Cat. Go ahead, build some memories!
Looking for Hobie Cat parts?
Visit our Hobie parts and accessories page here. We have everything you need to replace and upgrade parts on your Hobie Cat.
The Laser is a legendary racing sailboat for beginners and veterans alike. Laser is also the most popular Olympic class sailboat. Are you up to the challenge? The Laser is manufactured by LaserPerformance, based in Newport, RI. Other popular boats in the range include the iconic Sunfish, Club 420, FJ, Vago, Bahia and Pico sailboats. West Coast Sailing has been a leading LaserPerformance dealer since 2005.
Zim Sailing is based on Rhode Island and manufacturers the world's best Club 420, Flying Junior, and Optimist sailboats. West Coast Sailing is proud to be a key dealer for their sailboats in North America and your go to source for new boats and service. Contact us today to find out why a new Zim sailboat is perfect for your sailor or program.
From inflatable and paddle kayaks to MirageDrive pedal kayaks and Pro Anglers, Hobie has the perfect kayak for you to get out on the water. Shop the full range of Hobie Kayaks below.
Hobie is home of the original pedal kayak, powered by Hobie's MirageDrive. Hobie didn't invent the kayak - they perfected it. From inflatable and paddle kayaks to MirageDrive pedal kayaks and Pro Anglers, Hobie has the perfect way for you to get out on the water. West Coast Sailing stocks the full line of Hobie Kayaks, including the Mirage, Pro Angler, and Inflatable Kayaks as well as the Paddle Series, plus the full range of parts and accessories.
McLaughlin Boatworks is the world leader in manufacturing the popular Optimist sailboat, used by countless youth sailors.
McLaughlin is one of the leading Optimist builders in the US. Their boats have been sailed by thousands of junior sailors around the country and around the world, earning top podium positions at world championships and national events. Their club, intermediate, and pro boats are trusted and proven. Find your next Opti today at West Coast Sailing.
Ovington Boats - ILCA Dinghy & 29er Skiff
Ovington Boats is one of the worlds most successful small boat building businesses specializing in the high performance dinghy market. Based in the UK, Ovington has a world renown reputation for quality and service across a wide range of products including the Olympic Class 49er, 29er, Musto Skiff, VX One, Flying Fifteen and International 14. Their boats are distributed and sailed worldwide by sailors who demand the highest quality and craftsmanship to excel on the race course. West Coast Sailing has worked with Ovington to support 29er sailors in North American for over 10 years.
In August 2020, Ovington Boats became the newest International Laser Class Association approved ILCA dinghy builder. After thoughtful consideration, West Coast Sailing has chosen to partner with Ovington to support our community of ILCA and Laser sailors. We are confident that Ovington will produce some of the best boats you'll find anywhere in the market, backed by a dedicated supply chain of spare parts and upgrades to keep you on the water.
Melges has proudly delivered high quality boats around the world since 1945. Proudly based in Zenda, Wisconsin, each Melges boat is built with pride and backed by an experienced, knowledgeable team. West Coast Sailing has previously worked with Melges to offer their build of the 29er Skiff class, and is excited to partner once again to offer the Melges 15 double handed dinghy to sailors up and down the west coast as a new regional dealer.
Shop Our Selection of Certified Used Sailboats
Looking for a used sailboat? West Coast Sailing offers a variety of used small sailboats and dinghies including used Lasers, used Wetas, used RS Aeros, used RS Fevas, used Hobie Adventure Island and Tandem Island Kayaks, and more. All boats are inspected by our team of dinghy experts and are complete and ready to sail!
Updated July 1st, 2020. All boats located at our warehouse in Portland, OR (unless noted otherwise)
West Coast Sailing Charter Information
West Coast Sailing typically offers charter boats for key Columbia Gorge Racing Association events in the Gorge at Cascade Locks each summer. All available charter opportunities will be posted on this web page. Last updated July 1st, 2020.
Tillers & Blades for 29er Sailboats
tiller and blades for 29er.