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Old 03-13-2011
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galvanize shrouds/stays

What do you guys think about a blue water sailboat rigged with galvanized shrouds and stays? My Idea is to replace old SS stays/shrouds with galvanized wirer that have the equivalent breaking strength of a oversize SS wirer for a given yacht.

example: Replace 1/4 SS wirer (breaking strength 8200 lbs) with 5/16 7x7 galvanized plow steel wire (breaking strength 10100 lbs). 5/16 galvanized wirer has the same breaking strength as 9/32 SS wirer which is one size bigger than 1/4.

I would do the same thing with the turn buckle.

So it would be cheaper and stronger that way than replacing your old standing rigging with new SS wirer.

Other than looks, windage and weight anybody see any draw back?
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