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Just applied a 1/8" Hayn Hi-Mod Toggle to my SJ21's backstay, and that is one schweet piece of engineering. But: the wire itself is odd diameter -- 1x19 SS, a tad thicker than 1/8" but nowhere near 5/32". A cheap shop caliper puts it at 0.132", pretty consistent along its length. Just normal variation in manufacture?

I had to slightly ream out the crown washer's center to slip it over the core. Not likely to cause trouble, is it? I pull tested it using a 4:1 vang and all the oomph I could give it: it nearly dragged the minivan across the yard. How do you get over feeling nervous about this kind of thing?
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Could it be metric?? That's pretty big variation for manufacturing error.
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SD: That's what I wondered -- but it would be 3.5 mm. Patently bigger than the 1/8" wire on our Buccaneer, but nowhere close to 5/32" or any other wire size I've seen listed. Probably original to the boat, F.O.B. Seattle 1973. Each stay and shroud is this size. Ever hear of 9/64ths 1x19? Me neither. All official & unofficial SJ21 literature describes the standing rigging as 1/8" diameter. But it's just that much fatter. Weird.
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