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Re: Did I do this sta-lok fitting correctly?
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.
Now read my disclaimer:
I have not yet finished installing my rigging with these compression fittings. I have not sailed my boat with them yet. I am not a rigging expert, and my advice is strictly my opinion and my interpretation of the manufacturers' instructions.
I feel that the Hi-Mod fittings were better, and easier to be certain that your installation is correct. Norseman and Sta-Lok are good, but a bit more fiddly.
I'm in Maryland also, for what it's worth. If you wanted to compare notes or something.
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