Seen today on an otherwise quite well equipped 35' boat in Brentwood Bay B.C.
Knothead - what do you think of that?
Actually, it's pretty innovative and probably quite effective. Rather pointless in this day and age, but certainly unique. The person who did that obviously had a lot of time on his hands.
I agree with some others here however. Without knowing the circumstances that led to someone choosing to do something like that, it's not really fair to judge too harshly.
I can picture someone with very limited experience and funds buying a boat (without a rig inspection) and setting off on a cruise. As reality and experience start to kick in he notices that those pretty stainless turnbuckles that looked so nice a few months ago (NavTec"s for instance) actually were riddled with cracks and were on the verge of failing. Perhaps one or two actually did fail.
So, there he is in some little anchorage in Costa Rica or somewhere. He's got a lot of time, but less money and even less access to West Marine.
So he scores some 7x19 wire from another cruiser. Perhaps in trade for some work, he visits the local scrap yard and digs into his spare parts bin and sets about creating a new rig to keep him sailing. Who knows? Could have happened.
There certainly is a likelihood of point loading the holes in the chainplates, but I see that quite often even on original factory built rigs.
It really does look pretty bad, but it looks strong. Believe me. I have seen more dangerous looking rigs on boats using "proper" equipment and materials.