Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
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Just wondered what the issue was.
The issue was a ring used on the lower clevis of a head stay on a Pearson 36. The ring was undersized and was pulling back through the hole due to wear.
It was caught in time, only because of a badly worn furler line that needed replacement, but it snapped when trying to remove it. One or two more sails and it would have been gone. This was actually a combination of two problems. The clevis was slightly too long and the ring pin too small of a diameter. I suspect that when flying the spinnaker or running down wind the head stay tension would soften and allow the pin to move in the hole.
A properly sized ring pin (hard to find) or a properly sized cotter pin wouldn't have worn due to the lack of "slop" in the hole however the clevis still should have been about 1/8" shorter. That clevis was re-drilled and cut shorter by a machine shop and a correctly sized cotter pin installed and it was never a problem again.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 09-03-2008 at 02:18 PM.