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Re: Islander 36 rigging and chainplate replacement pics
Christian, I understand the issues with the stuff in the first 2 pics. The snapped piece is (obviously) a no-brainer, and the pitting on the 2nd one makes sense. As does the cracked swage. But what do you see on the 3rd pic? Is it the rust itself, or something more? It KIND of looks like there might be pitting on there; is that the concern?
sorry its the quality of the pic...it doesnt show some small details
first these damn closed turnbuckles rust from the inside out...so the threads are actually seized by rust inside and very bad looking...on the outside its basically spot rusting...
one thing you CAN notice is the slight bend on the whole "turnbuckle" notice that its bent at the upper "swaged" part...this is caused by weakening and cyclic loads...since the rig at one point was overtressed because one chain plate broke and let go I can only assume the weakest link next inline would be whatever was closest and tightest RIGGING wise...in other words the intermediate stays...
again this is my assumption...they are also 1/4 inch wire...
the uppers being massive held fine...but Im sure the PO had an OH CRAP moment and maybe saw a nice bend in the middle of the mast and quickly tacked over...
there is no evidence of any damage on the mast at all...so thats good
Last edited by christian.hess; 11-23-2013 at 10:49 AM.