Instead of a turnbuckle that you can just turn a couple of times to take up the slack it looks like you have to rig a halyard to the side to bend the mast over to get some slack, then untie the lashing and tighten them what you guess is the correct amount and retie the lashings.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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The SK75 covering keeps degradation down, and the Dynex Dux studies (which are still ongoing) show that UV affects the outer layer and doesn't significantly impact tensile strength. I take those results with a bit of scepticism, as they come from a manufacturer.
Right now the life expectancy is said to be in the 5-7 year range. I have had my standing rigging up for 2 1/2 yrs now and see no signs of deterioration. On my Tiki 30 this system seems perfect. Compared to stainless wire it is the same initial cost and I won't be having any stainless parts breaking with no warning. I also won't have to replace turnbuckles ever. Also no rust stains on the sails and nicer to grab with the hand. I went larger than needed so that there was more meat to grab. Very happy with the system. The Coligo deadeyes are cool. I recommend using the Dynex for the deadeye lashings as it is much slipperier than polyester line.
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328
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