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post #11 of 13 Old 12-16-2007
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I to am planning to re-rig this coming spring as the current rig is 18+ years, I currently have wire every where except the aft stay which is rod, the plan is to use mechanical at least on the bottom, an i am going to maintain a rod aft stay, as i will be doing some recreational racing. was not familiar with the hi mod fittings but sound like they bear some investagating. thanks to all for the input

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Swagged and Mechanical fittings

I replaced my shrouds and stays as you intend with swagged on top and mechanical on bottom. Chose that route initially to avoid corrosion in lower fittings, but appreciated the cost savings by reducing the number of mechanical fittings. I used sta-lok, but am disappointed with surface corrosion after just a few months. They are very simple to assemble but a bear to take apart, probably not possible in an emergency situation. If I were going cruising I would carry a couple of fittings for each size wire on the boat (three in my case). that is expensive but I wouldn't count on being able to take one apart quickly.
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For emergency repair, don't forget several of the mentioned companies offer extended studs, or even splice connections. ccriders, same impression about stalock. The way the fitting ends up crushing the wire around the cone, could be very hard to get apart. Also, when gooped up with sealant as recommended, they do seem to hold water resulting in corrosion. All the dockside experts condemned my rig since I did not use any sealant. Being a little concerned, I called up Hayn tech support. I highly recommend doing this, those guys know what they are talking about, and are very happy to answer your questions.
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