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Re: Standing rigging longetivity

You have probably at lest two, if not three or four places within 1/2 mile and walking distance of where you keep your boat that should be able to help you with ALL the materials, along with doing the parts you do not want to do. "Port Townsend rigging" IIRC is on the NW corner entry of your marina/boatyard you are at. WM is 1/4 mile east with parts. They can send stuff to or get the seattle store which has a rigging shop to do things. Brian Toss is in the marina to the far east....$$$$$$$$$. I believe there are one or two others that should also be able to help, get you parts etc too.

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Depends on what kind of life it has had. Ten years is short for a boat which sat in a marina with zero salt or motion on its rig. For that kind of use, ten years is a riggers scam .It's a totally different matter for a boat crossing oceans, where it will get far more abuse and potential fatigue in one month.
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Suggest pulling the chain plates and inspecting, replace bolts with new. Replace chain plates if needed.
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Re: Standing rigging longetivity

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I am also looking at installing new standing rigging. Plan to do one at a time. Concerned about replacing the shrounds and fore and back stay.

Can I depend on a haylard to hold the mast up while I am at the top of the spar? Would you rig more than one halyard, one as a back up? Have you ever lowered your entire forestay (including a furler unit) with the mast still up? Would be a lot easier to take the mast down, but at my location there are not facilities to easily do this.

Also, if you have a shroud, fore, or aft stay fail at sea, how do you climb the mast to repair? I would be a little concerned depending on a haylard to hold a swaying mast in big ocean swell with me at the top of the mast.

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Yes, halyards work well for replacing one shroud at a time.
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Re: Standing rigging longetivity

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Yes, halyards work well for replacing one shroud at a time.
Normal shroud tension is say about 15% of your wire breaking strength. For my 5/16 316 wire that is about 1,500 lbs.

How much tension should I have on a haylard before I climb the mast? Realize on is just trying to stabilize the mast so are we talking a 100 - 200 lbs?

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Re: Standing rigging longetivity

I had my 22 yr. old rod rigging replaced last year with the boat in the water. The photo shows the professional riggers doing the job at my shallow water dock



Just to complete this picture, my swing keel is fully retracted to clear the bottom (2.5 ft at MLW):



They used my halyards and had no problem. The form stability of the boat is all that matters in this situation, as well as having the halyards secured. As a safety matter you shouldn't rely on the self-tailer on a winch to prevent the halyard from running free. ALWAYS tie the bitter end off with minimum slack.
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Re: Standing rigging longetivity

When I worked as a professional rigger in Miami, I spent many hours a week in a chair up a mast, changing out wires, with a halyard in their place. Make sure you use a halyard that is run through a sheeve and not one hanging on a block. And make sure you go up on one that is also running through a sheeve as well. Make sure the halyards are in new condition.
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