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post #4 of Old 01-18-2011
wsmurdoch
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Location: The house is in Kingsport, TN. Boats are on Watauga Lake and in New Bern, NC
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I have 9/32" standing rigging with swages at the masthead and Norseman fittings at the spreaders, the backstay insulators, and at deck level. When we unstepped the mast, one of the deck level Norseman fittings was found to be split open. That precipitated the replacement of all the wire and that one fitting. All the other Norseman fittings appeared sound and were reused. We did not replace the forestay or the running backstays. The forestay was newer and the running backstays did not seem worth the effort.

We are aboard right now in North Carolina preparing to leave for the Bahamas. I have not found the receipt, suspect that it is at home, and can't remember the cost. Mark at Sailcraft Services in Oriental, NC did the work. We did not repaint the mast and boom while they were off the boat. We should have. We did replace the ground wire from the mast base to the grounding plate as it was badly corroded under its insulation.

Bill Murdoch
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