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Re: Backstay tensioner - just a fancy turnbuckle?
Originally Posted by alanrothenbush
Thanks for the info about the turnbuckles. I knew it was some "yellow metal", just not sure which.
We bought First Edition two years ago, a return to sailing after more than 30 years away, and one of the first things I did was buy a tension gauge. That let me disassemble and inspect the rigging at deck level with some confidence of putting it back together again. And reassembly certainly did include lubing the turnbuckles.
I see you're from West Van .. I'm moored at Thunderbird! I had to smile .. your posting sig
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is MY email sig and my goodness is it true.
I am simply astonished at how much time I spend working on her .. dockside and at home .. and LOVING every minute of it.
Part of the seemingly endless list of tasks comes inevitably from buying an older boat, part from the fact that previous owners really didn't know what they were doing with their various mods and tweaks and most from the fact that I just can't resist!
Thanks again. Alan
Years ago I read an interview with a boat builder - I think it was a Hinckley - wherein he said that if he had to choose between only working on them or only sailing them, he would choose working on them. I would find it a VERY tough choice to make.
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I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.