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post #6 of Old 11-21-2011
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Traveler replacement

We also had the zipper problem on NiftyNickers and also have a headliner rrplcmnt in the future.In regards to the running backstays, this past May I needed the services of a riggers help with a headstay problem and while at the boat he did a rigging inspection and made suggestions for safer offshore sailing.This rigger is the same that does the pre- race inspection for the boats in the Carribean 1500 in Hampton,Va.These guys are very knowledgeable and experienced with off-shore boats.One of the items that they pointed out was the running backstays.They suggested that the wire portion with the shackles should be about 6' shorter and that the lower 6' should be Spectra or some one of the aramid lines.The Spectra is stronger than the wire and in the event that the lazy side is not attached to the deck fitting is less lethal should it come loose and start swinging around.I have experienced that shackle flailing around accidently and its not fun trying to get it under control.
Just something for you to think about while doing the backstays.

Good luck and Happy Holidays,
Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139
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