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rigging a 31 niagra
hello all, newbie here,,, have some questions about rigging???
1. My boat curently has rod rigging. THe forward stay was ever so slighly damaged and now has a sliht bend in it. les than one inch deflection but about first 7 feet has a few back to back bends and the plastic sail track,,, if that is what it is called,,, where the head sail would slide into is missing. Could i use hanks and remove the plastic rail system,,, is the plastic system easy to find localy, new orleans la area,,, can you use a roller on that type of system. what is the proper name for that system.
2. The rear stay has been cut. the original attachment point is in direst center of boat, were you would board. I have seen other sail boats that use two points of attachment for the rear stay one on either side, that go up 6 to 8 feet and make an arch, then the back stay fastens to that center point of arch,,, could i do that, plan on usuing reinforcement under the fibercass deck, maybe 4"x4" alluminum plate under the deck, then mount point of attachment through hull and alluminum,,, or maybe even alluminum flat bar that spans the entire distance and tie into original center location... Can i replace the rod stays with stainless wire rope,,, 3/8 or maybe 5/16. 3/8 load test at 10600lbs and 5/16 is 8900 lbs.
any help or input would be greatly appreciated,,, thanks,,,,