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post #10 of Old 10-06-2007
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You need a project!

The indispensable Don Casey has just the one for you, after you purchase your new, pretty or otherwise, sheets. On page 64 of his, "100 Fast and Easy Boat Improvements" book he describes "rigging rollers".

Basically, go down to Home Marina and pick up appropriately sized oak half round in about six foot lengths. Use a router to hollow out the inside to the dimension of your rod rigging, seal and coat appropriately, you've cut a groove in each end and use sail twine to secure the two halves together over your rod rigging and you now have a roller that reduces chafing on sheets and sails. You put a split stainless steel washer atop your turnbuckle to act as a 'bearing" for the roller to spin on top of the turnbuckle as necessary. With your finishing skills these could look pretty handsome and very "shippy".

If you get a suitable sailing companion, tell her to bring her router! (g)

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