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Re: can your standing rigging be too big
look up your boat model and or forums...I did for mine
few things to consider
if original your wires were probably 304 stainless its common to slightly upzise when going to 316 wire as recomended by most riggers
its hard to get good 304 wire now, so just bite the bullet
going next size up to me is not bad...2 or 3 and you have to look at pin sizes, tangs, bulkheads, chainplates and all ese standing rigging related
in my case I had mixmatched parts...so in order to use the the oversized wire to an advantage I upsized chainplates, reinforced bulkheads, made new ones, etc...
not needed in most cases but not bad in general to do so...
now simply upsizing wire, substantially on stock turnbuckles, pins plates etc...is of absolute no good, in fact detrimental, weight aloft, stress on other parts as mentioned and developing week links that were not intended as so per the designer
case in point mast tangs...attachment points...turnbuckles etc...the mast itself like mentioned...
Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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