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Re: Did I do this sta-lok fitting correctly?
Thanks everyone for your thoughts!
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd
Ok, I'll take a stab at it.
I'm also re-rigging my boat right now, using Hayn Hi-Mod and Norseman fittings.
The Norseman fittings are closer to Sta-Lok than the Hi-Mod fittings.
Yes, I can see that no strands are jammed into the slot on the wedge/cone. That's good.
It *appears* that you have the proper amount of core protruding from the cone, and that the outter strands are properly formed around the top of the cone in the same way that Norseman indicates in their instructions.
The only deviation that I see, is that the outer strands aren't quite perfectly equally spaced around the cone, which *might* lead to uneven loading on the outer strands. Just take a screwdriver and attempt to space them out evenly, and put it back together.
Yes, the spacing isn't perfect. I had a little bit of a gap on either side of the slot. Then when I compressed it, the strands spiraled a bit like you can see in the photo so that the minor gap (intended to go around the slot) is now rotated over the cone.
While not perfect, I think it is good enough (and since I did already seal it up with life-caulk and blue-loctite) I think I am just going to leave it as is.
(If it turned out this was a dangerously poor situation I would've removed it and re-formed it..)
Actually, I would've prefered one of the other brands like Hayn, but I went with what was available at the store that fabricated this new forestay for me.
Christian, yes - the sta-loks do require a small protrusion of the inner core. Thanks for the photo!