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Old 05-07-2009
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I just replaced a streamstay with a shaeffer. I could have repaired the streamstay, but was worried that I would spend $600 in parts to have a 20 plus year old system that I would not trust. Keep in mind that loosing the headstay is not the only possible problem. Mine jammed with the sail half out when the top swivel failed. The wind was low enough that I could untie the sheets and muscle the sail around the headstay a few times and then drop it. In a big blow I would have been stuck with a foresail flailing itself to death and no good options (I actually thought I might have to motor the whole boat around in circles to unwind the thing). Replacing your streamstay with a better quality unit is the safe way to go.
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