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post #20 of Old 08-28-2012
Brent Swain
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Re: Replace standing rigging?

While stainless may be the best choice for coastal cruising, where metal fatigue is less of a problem, galvanized steel is a better, and far more reliable choice for long offshore voyages.
Whether copper or aluminium, nicopress sleeves are a bit too soft for standing rigging. 1x19 is a bit too smooth to get a good grip on with sleeves, 7x7 would work better with them. Industrial supplies have stainless and galv steel sleeves they put on with great pressure, for a small fee, which are far stronger and more reliable..

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
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