Standing Rigging - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Chat  
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 05-04-2004
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 2,572
Thanks: 3
Thanked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Sailormon6 will become famous soon enough
Standing Rigging

Can someone please educate me on the merits of stainless steel rod rigging vs. wire? e.g., Is it better? How and why is it better? Is it a little better, or a lot better? Are there any significant drawbacks?

Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-04-2004
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 12
Silmaril is on a distinguished road
Standing Rigging

For a given cross section, the rod is far stronger than the same cross section of wire. Designers realize this and use a smaller section of rod to perform the duties of wire, with the reduction in weight aloft and also the reduction of wind resistance.

Early on, the caveats were: "Sure its lighter and smaller, but will it last?" In general, rod lasts longer than wire, but with some very important caveats.

First is cost, it is substanially more expensive than wire.

Second is maintenance, a wire can handle some abrasion and kinks and just keep on working. A kink or abrasion on rod calls for immediate replacement, particularly an abrasion or "dent" in the rod.

Third, you need to periodically inspect the rod ends or "heads" as they are called. This is the main area for fatigue and failure of rods. Periodic inspection and possibly "Re-Heading" the rod will extend it''s life.

Fourth, the yard has to take care that the rod is not damaged during stepping/unstepping the mast. I had my backstay run over by a forklift, seriously gouging the rod and forcing me to replace it. Because no one at the marina witnessed the incedent, the yard took no responsibility, ouch!

Finally, for extended world-wide cruising, you should probably concider wire only. If you have a failure or need repairs in some remote portion of the world, everybody handles wire, but rods require specialized tools that may not be available in a pinch.

For racing, rods are the only way to go. For cruising the civilized world, rods make some sense. For out in the fringes, go with wire.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-04-2004
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 62
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
jkumin is on a distinguished road
Standing Rigging

Rod has a couple advantages not always mentioned. A slip neighbor about dropped his rig last summer when his roller furler top fitting grabbed the wire headstay and unlaid it, breaking all but 2 or 3 strands. Less likely with rod. Rod is slippery. We have a rod backstay and the mainsail roach overlap slides by in light air easier than wire, and you''ll see less chafe. Cruising take a length of wire that will work for the longest stay with Sta-lok fittings that fit your rig. No rule against wire mixed with rod, especially in emergencies, just watch the tension as they stretch differently.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 05-05-2004
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 2,572
Thanks: 3
Thanked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Sailormon6 will become famous soon enough
Standing Rigging

You guys are good! That''s just the information I was looking for. Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nassau 34 Irwin32 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 17 06-23-2005 04:22 PM
looking for help up wind mcgreggor Learning to Sail 5 02-16-2004 12:58 AM
Standing rigging tension on a 21''7" Kingfisher Claus Gear & Maintenance 0 08-12-2002 05:15 PM
Standing Rigging docsabre Gear & Maintenance 2 05-18-2002 05:48 AM
Standing Rigging docsabre Gear & Maintenance 1 04-23-2002 08:09 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:31 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.