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Hello SailNet Community!
I want to replace the standing rigging on my sailboat and I was wondering why nobody uses the Nicopress style compresssion sleeves to do this job.
I want to be able to do this job myself, but the do-it-yourself mechanical fittings are cost prohibitive for me. The standard aircraft style swags require a $6000 tool to form, which is why you have to pay someone else to do them for you. Nicopress, however, is inexpensive and the tools are within anybody's price range. $20 will buy you the cheep kind that compress by sqeezing two blocks together with nuts and bolts. $250 will purchase the aircraft quality Nicopress Brand sqeezers complete with go/no go gauges. (I have one of these and use them to make aircraft control cables-hence my desire to do this job myself). Correctly formed with with certified parts these will at least equal the breaking strength of the wire.
The only problem I can see is the larger sizes of 1X19 wire are really to stiff to rap around the ferrel, but in the smaller sizes, 1/8" or less, it can be done. Switching to 7X19 wire makes this job real easy. It does have more stretch, but is it really enough to make a difference to an average sailer? Also 7X19 wire has a lower breaking strength, so using it would mean going up a size, which might mean less stretch, but also a little more weight aloft.
What I really want to do right now is replace the 3/32" 1X19 on my 14' boat and use Nicopress, rather than the original swagg aircraft style terminals. Eventually I want to use the same technique on an old 26' Islander, which has much larger cables.
I haven't found anything touching this subject, and I never see any rigs done this way. I'm not the only "do it yourselfer" out there so there must be something wrong with my idea, or I would think people would be doing rigging this way.
Anybody have an opinion/advise?
Last edited by vslslr; 08-24-2008 at 08:08 PM.
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