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12-20-2013 08:55 AM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

Oh, so you just need to make a snap-on (or velcro-on) Sunbrella "bimini" for the runs that are out in the sun, then any possible issues with the Amsteel should be gone.
12-19-2013 04:09 PM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Delta-T, I'm not familiar with the Bristols, but couldn't you make a bag for the Amsteel that will be sitting on deck?
Amsteel/wire rope comes up through the cabin top about 2' behind the mast (sheave mounted at that location), runs straight to the Port side about 3' through another sheave mounted on it's side and runs 4' to the cockpit and is attached to a dedicated wire spooling winch. All that above the deck. No loose cable or rope to coil. 4 total sheaves involved, but no cable chafe or packing gland.

The rest of the cable down to the CB can be seen on the plans I provided in a link/thread I provided in post #9 of this thread.
12-19-2013 09:29 AM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

Delta-T, I'm not familiar with the Bristols, but couldn't you make a bag for the Amsteel that will be sitting on deck?
12-19-2013 01:49 AM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

Switched to Amsteel for the cable. Worked fine except the splice has such a long tail that that won't pass through the cable sheave. Board hangs down a few inches because of it.
12-18-2013 06:20 AM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

My setup....
12-18-2013 05:52 AM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

I switched to rope on my older O'day, and it held up well.

Attached with a narrow shackle from an O'day parts source. The only issue I had was the drum on the trunk that held the rope when the CB was up was sized for cable, and getting all that rope to fit was a challenge. Whereas the cable had some extra length the rope needed to be the exact length needed, with no extra. Your setup would most likely be different though.
12-17-2013 11:30 PM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

Originally Posted by dvuyxx View Post
What diameter amsteel did you go with?
3/16" Amsteel (5400 lb rated) is the same size as the wire rope on my boat. But I am having second thoughts about using Amsteel for my CB, it would be exposed to UV on the deck. And the last SS wire rope 7x19 3/16" lasted me 25 years. I am improving on the design of the sheaves and blocks. Should be the last time I replace this or have any repairs on the sheaves. I think 20 to 25 years in a good span. But that is my setup, not typical of others.
12-17-2013 07:49 PM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

What diameter amsteel did you go with?
12-03-2013 08:02 AM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

So far so good, just replaced some sta-set after 3 years, that was not worn anywhere, just put the amsteel in this spring, to hook to the c/b just splice and stich in a loop w/ a thimble just like the wire.
next the go is the lifelines then the standing rigging, I think ss wire has met it's match.
12-02-2013 04:58 PM
Re: Centerboard cable/rope?

Originally Posted by P35juniper View Post
I need to replace the cable on my P-35 and was thinking, dangerous, of using Samson Amsteel rope instaid of SS cable. My thinking is Amsteel is 5400Lb and SS is 3700Lb breaking strengh, so it should be strong enough, and if I replace it every few years, as it should be easier to replace and fairly cheap, chafe shouldn't be to bad, and no more meat hooks on the drum,
Any other issues I'm missing?
Board is strapped up for now.
Did you use the Amsteel three years ago? And has it held up? Have you looked to see if it is holding up okay? How do you connect it to the CB?
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