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Replacing shrouds with new wire and by reusing Norseman fittings

Paragon's North Atlantic Adventure #3: Replacing the Rigging, Part 2

In this week's episode, we finished assembling our first shroud.

These are the adventures of the 42 foot sailing vessel Paragon. Join us as we voyage over 6000 nautical miles from North Carolina to Iceland and explore many exciting ports along the way.

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I wish I could say that makes me think I could do it myself. But, what it makes me think is that it's worth paying a professional rigger to do it.
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Hi Group9, I absolutely agree. I think rigging is one of those things that is the most important thing in the world to have full confidence in.

It's only after Mark and I disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt 24 Norseman fittings that I think I might be able to do it myself. Since we're sailing to places where there are no riggers (Greenland, Svalbard!) I felt that I needed to learn how to replace a shroud just in case. emergency preparedness = confidence...
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I've heard that it's not wise to re-use the 'wedge' portion of a norseman unless it's the only option, like an emergency spare.
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Just watched the video. Didn't know you could get just the insert. Neat. But silicone???
On a boat???
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Re: Replacing shrouds with new wire and by reusing Norseman fittings

Seems a bit hit or miss for the wires to not get in the slots. But I'd not be afraid to try.

Looking at the design. reminds me of a "collet" used on things like high speed routers for wood working. and the large nut looks allot like a "flare nut" only the flare is a longer taper.

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I've heard that it's not wise to re-use the 'wedge' portion of a norseman unless it's the only option, like an emergency spare.
I remember Mark mentioning that in one of the videos. So we cary spare new ones.
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Just watched the video. Didn't know you could get just the insert. Neat. But silicone???
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I remember Mark recommending in one of the videos that only a certain type of silicone, with a particular smell, or lack of, was appropriate for sealing the Norseman fittings. When we took apart one of the old Norseman fittings, we found 20+ year old polysulfide caulk that was sealed so well inside the Norseman that it never even cured in all of those years.
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Hi Group9, I absolutely agree. I think rigging is one of those things that is the most important thing in the world to have full confidence in.

It's only after Mark and I disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt 24 Norseman fittings that I think I might be able to do it myself. Since we're sailing to places where there are no riggers (Greenland, Svalbard!) I felt that I needed to learn how to replace a shroud just in case. emergency preparedness = confidence...
I don't blame you for wanting to do it yourself. And, when cruising, it would definitely be a really good skill set to have.

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