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post #11 of 16 Old 02-14-2009
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Not sure about ABS but PVC used as electrical conduit is UV resistant and is used outdoors all the time. Comes in many sizes at home depot.

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Wood is nice indeed and it's not that hard to split a length of dowling, router out a bigger than the stay's diameter groove on both sides and to lash them as pictured with cut-down cable ties or small stuff.

The only caveat is that they need to rotate and this means they can't swell, so you will have to seal them inside and out and then varnish the outsides against UV. Also, wooden stuff here might look odd on more modern, "no exterior wood" designs.

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Can't say how many times I had to run forward and unsnag the bowlin holding my jib. So I will put these on. PVC seems a lot more practical. I don't see the $40-+ value on the ads.

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our boat came with simple PVC pipe. it's been in tropical sun for a while. No deterioration of the PVC.
If you have a keel stepped mast, I would think you could pull one shroud at a time with no problem, especially in calm conditions
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use the pvc.You don't tune the rigg every year.You should drop the mast for the winter when the boat is on the hard
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When I was young and had no money for boat parts, we used clear and coloured water hose to protect US, from the shrouds..especailly the guy on the trapeze, as sometimes we would nose dive and he was thrown into the shrouds...

We used thin diameter garden hose, and one season even clear tubing...

Personally, now..I don't really need it, because my shrouds are away from the sails, and I prefer the exposed shroud.
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