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02-15-2009 08:29 AM
Giulietta When I was young and had no money for boat parts, we used clear and coloured water hose to protect US, from the shrouds..especailly the guy on the trapeze, as sometimes we would nose dive and he was thrown into the shrouds...

We used thin diameter garden hose, and one season even clear tubing...

Personally, now..I don't really need it, because my shrouds are away from the sails, and I prefer the exposed shroud.
02-15-2009 08:02 AM
gaha_1 use the pvc.You don't tune the rigg every year.You should drop the mast for the winter when the boat is on the hard
02-14-2009 09:22 PM
xort our boat came with simple PVC pipe. it's been in tropical sun for a while. No deterioration of the PVC.
If you have a keel stepped mast, I would think you could pull one shroud at a time with no problem, especially in calm conditions
02-14-2009 01:59 PM
Joesaila
Duh!

Can't say how many times I had to run forward and unsnag the bowlin holding my jib. So I will put these on. PVC seems a lot more practical. I don't see the $40-+ value on the ads.
02-14-2009 12:26 PM
Valiente Wood is nice indeed and it's not that hard to split a length of dowling, router out a bigger than the stay's diameter groove on both sides and to lash them as pictured with cut-down cable ties or small stuff.

The only caveat is that they need to rotate and this means they can't swell, so you will have to seal them inside and out and then varnish the outsides against UV. Also, wooden stuff here might look odd on more modern, "no exterior wood" designs.
02-14-2009 11:21 AM
AllThumbs Not sure about ABS but PVC used as electrical conduit is UV resistant and is used outdoors all the time. Comes in many sizes at home depot.
02-14-2009 11:11 AM
timebandit Wood is good and can be made any length and no need to remove the shrouds.

02-14-2009 12:42 AM
Faster
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I think you will find that PVC pipe - usually buried or inside a house- may tend to get brittle when subjected to UV rays from the sun. A couple of slaps from the genoa sheets, and brittle PVC may crack and/or shatter. I think the plastic shroud/turnbuckle covers sold by marine stores are made of something else - like vinyl- for this reason.
That's probably true, Paul, they likely are vinyl - but we've used standard black (ABSor PVC - can never remember which is which) plastic plumbing pipe on a babystay - and after nearly 20 years it's still doing the trick.. very thick walled.
02-14-2009 12:20 AM
scottyt i did look on sailnet but did not find them, sorry, and i prefer defender over west marine. i have them on my boat but its not for chafe reasons its for foot reasons... my stays are attached to the toe rail so if not careful i could catch a toe. although i think they do help with the jib sheets
02-14-2009 12:09 AM
paulk I think you will find that PVC pipe - usually buried or inside a house- may tend to get brittle when subjected to UV rays from the sun. A couple of slaps from the genoa sheets, and brittle PVC may crack and/or shatter. I think the plastic shroud/turnbuckle covers sold by marine stores are made of something else - like vinyl- for this reason.
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