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kjones 06-24-2013 10:36 PM

Pearson 26 Rigging - Bent Forestay Turnbuckle
Came in from a sail this past Sunday and noticed that the lower end around the forestay turnbuckle is pretty well bent. Doesn’t look like the upper is bent but the lower obviously is. Pictures here:

You'll note that I included a picture from last fall (after scouring iPhoto) that also seems to show the bend. No idea how this has gone unnoticed before. We've been out sailing in some Gusty-ish winds (20-25+) on the bay before and fortunately haven't had the mast come down I suppose. Anyone ever seen such a thing before?

The stem head fitting on Dan Pfeiffer's site is not curved (like mine is), but after also scouring google images I noticed some other P26s with curved stem head fittings.

Anyway the objective now is to fix it.

According to Dan Pfeiffer the forestay is 7/32 diameter wire and Navtec open body style turnbuckles.
His site has the following listed:
1 TURNBUCKLE, s/s, 7/16" pin x 3/8" screw

Are these the correct parts I need? The 7/16’’ pin and 3/8’’ screw he has listed is throwing me off.

Navtec Open Body Turnbuckles - Swage Terminal / Toggle

Navtec Turnbuckle Screw

Will the stainless screw cause galvic corrosion when in contact with the chromed bronze turnbuckle? I’ve read chromed bronze is better than S/S so wanted to get the best if replacing. I sail in the Upper Chesapeake.

Thanks in advice for all the help!

celenoglu 06-25-2013 03:49 AM

Re: Pearson 26 Rigging - Bent Forestay Turnbuckle
I agree that chromed bronze turnbuckle is better than stainless steel. After some time stainless steel is very hard to operate. Bronze ones work much better and I didnot notice any galvanic action.

Seaduction 06-25-2013 08:56 AM

Re: Pearson 26 Rigging - Bent Forestay Turnbuckle
Unscrew the damaged parts and take to the West Marine store. Ask clerk "Can you fix this bent part?"

JimsCAL 06-25-2013 09:16 AM

Re: Pearson 26 Rigging - Bent Forestay Turnbuckle
Defender carries a good selection of turnbuckles and turnbuckle parts, including chromed bronze ones. Search Results: turnbuckles

As long as the swaged threaded section on the headstay is fine, get one that matches the thread and change everthing else.

rhr1956 06-26-2013 06:14 PM

Re: Pearson 26 Rigging - Bent Forestay Turnbuckle
I naturally think...WTF? Looks like either your boat has run into a dock or another boat or another boat (or dock) has run into you. Do you every tie off in your slip backed in? Anyway...besides how it happened, it should be easy to fix. Use your jib halyard to act as a forestay while you have the bent part off. Should be a quick fix.

kjones 07-21-2013 11:30 PM

Re: Pearson 26 Rigging - Bent Forestay Turnbuckle
A bit of a delay but thank you for all of the responses everyone. I've finally found the correct turn buckle and screw and will have everything fixed this weekend.

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