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Forestay - turnbuckle connection failure

In an attempt to keep a roller furling drum steady, we connected some old line to the base of the drum with several wraps, then to the bow's safety rails. Over time, I guess it bent the turnbuckle itself. Luckily I put another turnbuckle on from the eye at the bottom of the furler to the deck grommet, this of course prevented the mast from crashing down on us when the turnbuckle eventually failed. Here's my question:

How do you attach the steel forestay to a turnbuckle? Does a boat yard need to do this? Do forestays come with pre-attached turnbuckles? Is this called a swaged connection? Thanks for any guidance.

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You can use a mechanical fitting to add a threaded stud that fits into the turnbuckle to a forestay. Hayn HiMod, StaLok and Norseman all make them. You can do this without the need for a boat yard and using basic hand tools. I prefer the Hayn HiMods since they're usually less expensive and are IMHO more intelligently designed than the StaLok or Norsemans.

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Ok, so this fitting can be attached with some strength to the naked wired end of the stay? Then the threaded end will receive the turnbuckle bolt? just making sure I have this right, I've been studying the Hayn Hi-Mod website.
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You're a bit confused. The threaded stud that fits into the turnbuckle body is what is going to be mechanically fitted to the wire rope end.... there is no other piece. IT IS THE TURNBUCKLE "BOLT".

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Ok, so this fitting can be attached with some strength to the naked wired end of the stay? Then the threaded end will receive the turnbuckle bolt? just making sure I have this right, I've been studying the Hayn Hi-Mod website.

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Ok, got it! Thanks again! Brian, once again thanks for the picture and the guidance. Doesn't seem like this should be too hard of an off-season fix. My only concern is if the end of the steel wire is so damaged it needs to be shortened, I just hope there's still enough turnbuckle distance to accommodate. Thanks everyone. Mike
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You can go here for Expert advice on such maters from Brian Toss Himself..

as to cutting that wire to installing that fitting.

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