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Standing Rigging and split rings
I bring my boat home at the end of the season. So, the mast must come down. All the rigging must come undone (on the deck end).
I wonder what other people who yearly go through the issue of re-rigging or de-rigging ...What do you use on your turnbuckles and pins to keep them secure.
Let's see, one fore stay, one back stay, two upper shrouds and four lowers. That makes eight turnbuckles that each have two split rings and then there are the eight pins at the chainplates that have split rings.... a total of 24 split rings that have to come off and go back on each spring and fall. I'm about as dexterious as the next guy... but it seems to take me quite a bit of time and effort doing all of those split rings. Split rings are maybe a little faster than cotter pins and create fewer potential sharp places than cotter pins..... so, split rings are maybe better than cotter pins.
But is there anything else out there any of you are useing that I should know about?
Thanks for any and all advice!
Last edited by Tree; 09-14-2007 at 04:54 PM.
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