Given that we have one shroud with a few broken strands (it's a back lower shroud, so not particularly critical), and assuming all the standing rigging (save one stay the PO said he replaced) are original equipment on our 32-year-old boat, we decided this season to start replacing it. For reasons of time and money (had a lot of unavoidable expenses the last few months): That isn't going to happen this spring. Part of the reason, well... most of the reason, is it turns out our turnbuckles are of a manufacture "usually found on higher-end yachts" (in the words of our sales guy and club mate): Navtec. I believe they are these: Navtec C500 Turnbuckle
. They have to be special ordered and the turnbuckle for our smallest wires (7/32) are $95/ea. + shipping.
(Sorry, but I can't get the Sailnet's posting software to render that URL properly. If you want to get there, you may have to go to www.navtec.net
, select "RIGGING," choose category "Turnbuckles for wire," then select part "C500 Turnbuckle.")
Having seen the thread, several months back, where somebody here had had a turnbuckle on his freshly-re-rigged boat fail (forestay, IIRC, resulting in quite an "adventure"), I'm not inclined to cheap-out on these parts. I figure if these were good enough for Abracadabra's designers, they're good enough for me. But I'm wondering if: 1. Is $95/ea. too much to pay for them and, if so, 2. Is it reasonable to buy them myself, and give 'em to somebody else to put them on wires?