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Backstay won't stay for long

I have a 1977 Orion S&S 35. The fixed backstay's swaging is crackin. I was thinking of buying a long nut sta-lok and cutting the cable to fit. Or what about converting it to a running backstay? Would this benefit me or go against the design too much?


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Replace the backstay

Why don't you replace the entire backstay, using stalok or norseman. While the wire may last longer, it must be old(ish) too, if the swage is cracking?

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I have a 1977 Orion S&S 35. The fixed backstay's swaging is crackin. I was thinking of buying a long nut sta-lok and cutting the cable to fit. Or what about converting it to a running backstay? Would this benefit me or go against the design too much?
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Ok chickenpants, is it time to replace the standing rigging as well? Any meat hooks on those wires?
If it was me I would probably just replace the fitting without converting to running back stays but that is mostly 'cause I am lazy and cheap.
If the mast is keel stepped then it will most likely stay pointed up even if the back stay parted company with you - unless you were getting tossed around.
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I wouldn't go with running backstays, but I would go synthetic, as it will save a lot money in costs, and you can make it up yourself.

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Replace the entire stay unless the wire is less than 5 years old. Returning from Tortola 2 weeks ago the stay on my stay sail (6 years old) snapped off just below the swage. Luckily, the halyard kept everything from hitting the deck. The rigging had had a complete inspection in the Fall and the stay had been taken off the boat in Febuary to replace some bearings on the furler. Sometimes you get no warning of failure - you've been warned. Have the rest of the rigging inspected as well.
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Replace the entire stay unless the wire is less than 5 years old. Returning from Tortola 2 weeks ago the stay on my stay sail (6 years old) snapped off just below the swage. Luckily, the halyard kept everything from hitting the deck. The rigging had had a complete inspection in the Fall and the stay had been taken off the boat in Febuary to replace some bearings on the furler. Sometimes you get no warning of failure - you've been warned. Have the rest of the rigging inspected as well.
Another reason why I don't like SS rigging. It usually will last for a very long time, but give little to no warning before it fails.

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Another reason why I don't like SS rigging. It usually will last for a very long time, but give little to no warning before it fails.
Has sythetic rigging been around even as long as a decades old failed rig??

What warning signs od fatigue does it give??
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Has sythetic rigging been around even as long as a decades old failed rig??

What warning signs od fatigue does it give??
No it hasn't. Synthetic line still hasn't been proven for 10 years plus. But if it starts to get fuzzy or frayed, you usually have time to change it out (at a fraction of the cost). It just takes more attention from a maintenance standpoint. SS rigging might show a meat hook, or it might not, and just decide it doesn't want to hang on anymore.

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I'll wait for the technology to mature, like the DVD player I bought last year!!
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I'll wait for the technology to mature, like the DVD player I bought last year!!
lol, ain't that the truth.
Hopefully they'll get some better coatings to protect from UV damage, as that seems to be the biggest killer of the syn. lines. I'm a big fan of the syn. rigging, I don't like paying $160 for ONE SS shroud and waiting a week to get it. That being said, I plan to keep a SS forestay, and SS uppers. Don't want anyone on the boat getting 'careless' with a knife.

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