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post #22 of Old 07-12-2013
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Re: Replace cotter pins with welding rod

I use the approach recommended by Bill Seifert in OFFSHORE SAILING: 200 ESSENTIAL PASSAGEMAKING TIPS...

He actually suggests tapping and threading with round head machine screws, but I've just used Allen head machine screws with locknuts... Very secure, and easy to remove... No way the turnbuckle body will ever rotate past them, not sure I'd entirely trust circle rings to guard against that...

I'm a big fan of turnbuckle covers, as well... Of course, you have to make it part of your routine to lift them for inspection regularly, but they do a great job of protecting turnbuckles from the elements, and you'll never have anything snag or catch on them again...

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