seeker of wonder
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Where the oceans have no address.
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Actually your idea of a Clam Cleat instead of a standard 2-horn cleat isn't a bad idea.
When I bought my boat, it had some small standard 2-horn cleats on the shrouds that were always snagging sails. Those clam cleats would snag less.
So what you need is to get some friction tape and re-do your cleat job on TOP of the section of friction tape that you've wrapped around the shroud.
Wire wrap it a little tighter than you had, tuck in the ends of the wire, and get some white rigging tape and wrap the s.s. wire. The riggiing tape looks just like white electrical tape but has UV blockers built in so it won't rot so quickly in the sun.
You should always have rigging tape in your maintenance kit anyway, as you'll want to tape rigging cotter pins, etc, so that they don't tear sails.
So the "special" tape types you'll want are friction tape and rigging tape.
For anchoring the radar reflector, I might suggest replacing the nylon line with small diameter stainless steel line and then anchoring that to the shroud with a stainless steel wire-rope clamp taped with rigging tape....as having your radar reflector fall on deck because of an abraided line is a definite downer....especially if it falls on someone's head.
My radar reflector is "permanently" mounted out of the way in the quadrant above the spreaders and between the upper shroud and mast. It has survived 80 mph winds because all attachment lines are stainless steel wire.
"...and a star to steer her by."
Last edited by SoulVoyage; 04-05-2011 at 05:46 AM.