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Hammocks and stress on standing rigging
I see alot of hammocks strung up on decks, attached to the standing rigging (e.g. forestay and shrouds, etc.) and while it's clear that this works, I've been wondering what kind of stress and possible reduction in lifespan this may cause to the rigging. Since the stresses on standing rigging are expected to be vertical along the length of the wire, and the hammock places a bending stress horizontally, what is that doing to the wire? Is it causing or increasing work hardening at the point of stress/bend?
I'm wanting to string a hammock up myself, but am concerned about the long term affects/damage to the rigging.
Any experts care to comment?
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