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Location: Lake Minnetonka (near Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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Has anyone given much thought to titanium fasteners, they aren't that mush more in cost, but 2/3rds less in weight and 2/3rds more in strength and you wont have the galvanic issues.
All my race bikes had all the fasteners, axles, pinion pins the works replaced with TI and never had a corrosion issues between the TI & ALU, not to mention I shed about 7-10 pounds off the bike.
I'm bet'n their some poundage that could be shed off the spars and even deck hardware fasteners
Just a thought
That is an intriguing thought. Even a half pound saved aloft could make some difference on my little boat. The published displacement is only 2000 lbs.
I did a quick Google search for titanium fasteners and did not find what I would need: (3) 3/8" x 4" bolts w/nyloc nuts. All of the sites I checked out had either smaller diameter/shorter lengths or they only sold industrial quantities. Where could I find appropriate titanium fittings w/o breaking the bank?
Chiquita - 1974 Macgregor Venture of Newport 23
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