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Hey All,

I bought new turnbuckles for my boat. I replaced old closed one's with new open ones. The old ones used jam nuts outside the turnbuckles but the new ones have a hole drilled in the end of the threads and no jam nuts. I am using the old swage fittings on my rigging and the new turnbuckles so only one of the threads is drilled. What is the proper way to secure the turnbuckles? Can I use jam nuts on both sides the way it was or should I put a cotter pin through the hole in the threads and secure it some how?

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Joe
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Ideally, you'd drill the studs to have a hole for a cotter pin to go through. However, you should be able to use locking jam nuts.
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I've never had the patience for cotter pins - but that's just me. I replaced my original turnbuckles with some made by Garhauer. The body is made of silicone-bronze with a large flat surface on ech end for jam nuts. If you are concerned about the nuts coming loose - try a single drop of blue Loctite.
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Thanks guys. Since I don't have a good way to drill out the swage for the pin I'm just going to use jam nuts. The old closed turnbuckles had one jam nut on each side, is that right or should I use a regular nut with a jam nut up against it? I'm not concerned about it coming loose, I just want to do things the right way and the PO of my boat did not know what he was doing so I don't always trust the way things were set up when I got it.
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