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My new Solent Stay?

The momentum of my inner head stay project is picking up. I have the deck plate drawings at the fabricators. I have chosen the locations for the runner's chaniplates and have the necessary access. Today I will address the headliner where the deck plate go. These things can take on lives of their own.

It seems to me that the Solent Stay can be a combination of wire and Spectra. The wire above the adjuster to carry the storm jib and spectra below to make "parking" it out of the way simpler. Or a short section above the adjuster to add the desired flexibility. I will appreciate any suggestions.

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If you want to save some weight aloft and make it easy to store, you could use Dynex Dux for the whole stay.

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Are you running the head as a fractional stay like they did on Oh Joy or headstay?
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Are you running the head as a fractional stay like they did on Oh Joy or headstay?
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As a fractional. It will parallel the head stay.

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Paul,

I need the wire to hank on my storm jib.

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I need the wire to hank on my storm jib.

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I use these on my storm jib from Colligo Softies XL Large Boat Series Soft Shackles | Colligo Synthetic Systems | Colligo Marine


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Paul,

Excellent! No wire needed at all! Running backs and Solent stay all synthetic! I am loving the way technology is making things more convenient and safer. I had no idea that the soft shackles were also useful as hanks. I assumed that chafe was a limiting factor.

This has been a big help.

Now I have to figure out the terminal set ups. Something like an ABI Highfield lever for the inner head stay and some way to attach and tension the runners.

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Give the guys at Colligo a call and discuss the use of Dynex Dux for your stay. If you decide to go this route, they will have suggestions for the end fittings and the terminals. In my my setup I am using lashings to tighten the stay. You can see examples on their website.

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Paul,

After looking at Colligo's web site, I will use their solution to the mast bracket/terminator at the mast and am favoring using the jib winches and not tackle. A bungee retractor and some velcro straps to store the runner on the outer when not in use should be simple. I just need to size the blocks. I will give them a call.

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downeast450....you are on the right track....:-). I have converted my entire rig to Dynex Dux and Colligo fittings.
I tried to post a couple photos of my running backstay set up, but for some reason I am not able to post (wrong size or something) I went ahead and posted two photos at the start of my photo bucket that show the set up. It is on the first link below.
I also use soft shackles or "softies" everywhere. They are great for hanks as they have NO (like zero) friction. The sail drops down all the way just by releasing the halyard.
There are photos in my links below where I use the "softies" Tacks, hanks, halyards, blocks, anchor bridle etc. Have a look, I am having a bunch of fun!
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