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08-16-2013 11:17 PM
windwalker
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

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Originally Posted by overbored View Post
not sure what you mean by the rigger repaired the broken shroud but when the rigging is at the point that it breaks it tells me that it is well beyond the end of it usable life and should be replaced. wire gets corroded where you can not see and it get worked hardened just from holding the mast up and being under tension and vibration. I would bet they are the originals and should have been replaced about 20 years ago.
Rigger made two new lower shrouds with new hardware.

EDC
08-16-2013 07:59 PM
overbored
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

not sure what you mean by the rigger repaired the broken shroud but when the rigging is at the point that it breaks it tells me that it is well beyond the end of it usable life and should be replaced. wire gets corroded where you can not see and it get worked hardened just from holding the mast up and being under tension and vibration. I would bet they are the originals and should have been replaced about 20 years ago.
08-16-2013 07:54 PM
Ward H
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

I agree that you are very lucky and should probably take it down a notch or two in your trust of your dad's sailing experience. No insults intended. His experience may be in the many other areas of sailing but when it comes to rigging, he is lacking. Listen to your boat, it is telling you something.
08-16-2013 07:45 PM
tomandchris
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

I would ask your dad how he would feel if the rig came down on your kids, you, or mom. Then I would replace it all no matter what he says. Mom is in, thats all you really need!

The boat HAS been nice enough to let you know there is a problem. let the rigger tell you how big of a problem.
08-16-2013 04:40 PM
mjf55
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

And don't forget to inspect / replace the chain plates.

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08-16-2013 02:49 PM
paul323
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

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Originally Posted by Sabreman View Post
Seriously? Three broken stays and you even have to ask?
Sabreman is absolutely correct. (In both his replies!)

There is no doubt, question, or hesitation required. Replace them all, and be nice to your boat for telling you so politely that the work needs to be done.
08-16-2013 02:23 PM
Sabreman
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

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double checking that mom and I were right
Mom is always right.
08-16-2013 02:12 PM
Dick6969
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

True that...
08-16-2013 01:25 PM
nolatom
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

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Originally Posted by Dick6969 View Post
Back stay broke 3 weeks ago. 5" seas 10 -15 knots winds. Was lucky the whole rig didn't come down. To my sons quick thinking, drop sails, tighten topping lift and main sheets, snatch block, line, secure line to back stay and in snatch block then to wench... Motored on in about 12 miles. To make a long story short, replaced it all the next week. You should do the same...
As they say in golf, hockey, sailing, and indeed in life,

"Nice Save"!! And your son's a quick-thinker and even better, a quick actor.

Absent topping lift on a smaller vessel, the answer would be to keep the main up and hope the leech, with tension from the mainsheet, is strong enough to hold the mast up for a couple of minutes at least, while you try to use a halyard led aft to a deck fitting and winched tight to take the strain off the sailcloth.

To paraphrase "any landing you walk away from is a good landing",

"any stay failure where the mast ends up still vertical, is a good stay failure" ;-)
08-16-2013 01:25 PM
windwalker
Re: Rotten Luck - Stays & Dinghy Question

Dad is the experienced sailor of the lot. He says we're noobs. So I was double checking that mom and I were right.
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