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post #14 of Old 07-11-2013
Roger Long
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Re: Replace cotter pins with welding rod

I've done this for the last 25,000 odd miles and it has worked great. There is some further discussion of it here with a photo of Rod Stephens and details of his cotter pin recommendations.

Turnbuckle protection -

I've had cotter rings snag on jib sheets and get opened up into finger snags. Never a problem with the welding rod. I also like the looks of the rod better than the rings.

There is no tape on my boat except the upper headstay fitting which a boat yard worker put on and I didn't notice.
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