Hey guys, Im new here...not new to boats though...
Just bought an Islander 36, 1973, and although I have tried searching even the association webiste Im having a hard time determining wether or not my standing rigging is stock specs or not.
I obviously have an issue regarding my lower shroud pin sizes...stock upper pins are 1/2 inch but all my lower turnbuckles are 3/8, and the chain plate HOLE is 7/16...this is obviously wrong.
(I have not measured my intermediates or upper turnbuckles and wires but visually they are bigger...also they have been upgraded to 9/32 wire which apparently was only used originally for the backstay and forestay...)
not to mention the fact that these have been replaced at one time or another as the lowers are all about 2 inches short, being tied to shackles to make up the length.
This issue aside, the "new" stays are all in great condition, turnbuckles are stamped 8 and bronze chromed with no galling and smooth action...
My question is this:
can I upgrade lower pin sizes or change "small" turnbuckles cheaply or what? or is the 3/8 turnbucke correct size except for my lower pin?
I already have quotes from seco south and rigging only.com both great prices...thing is Im in el salvador and the prices double easily by the time they get here...
anybody with an islander 36 care to jump in and help out?
thanks in advance