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Hey. Replacing the standing rigging this winter and when I removed the upper shrouds I found they were wired to the spreader ends with small diameter multi-strand wire. Then the joint were wrapped with rigging tape.

Wire is 1/16" diameter and only about 7 strands. There is no corrosion (salt water sailboat) and no galvanic corrosion of the shroud so I assume the wire is 316SS like the shroud wire. This wire seems like it is annealed because it bends easily and holds its shape.

Standard marine cable is many more strands than this stuff and I don't believe it can be easily bent. Any tips on where to buy this or even what the product is called?
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Re: Wire to tie shrounds to spreaders?

If it bends easily and holds its shape I would suggest it is Monel seizing wire, not SS of any grade. SS wire that size does not bend easily and does not make good seizing wire. Ormiston is the brand of monel seizing wire which comes on small spools in 10 meter lengths that we use.

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Re: Wire to tie shrounds to spreaders?

Thanks for that. I looked up seizing wire and cannot find any multi-strand wire. Is it available from your distributor? I am hesitant to use single strand because it is not in a place that can be easily inspected.
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Re: Wire to tie shrounds to spreaders?

Several wraps of single strand monel seizing wire is what I would use to do the job. I wire all my shackles, anchor and aloft with it. After all, that is what it is produced for. I think it would be most difficult to get multi strand wire tight enough to do the job properly. But hey, it's your boat so you can do it any way you want. That's the really nice thing about boats. No permits or regulations to get in the way of doing jobs around the boat.

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Re: Wire to tie shrounds to spreaders?

"No permits or regulations to get in the way of doing jobs around the boat. " Haha

Yeah can't really find multi-strand without buying 5/16" and deconstructing it at a pretty hefty cost for about a foot of wire. I'll take your idea and use a couple wraps. I was just trying to replicate what was there originally. Thanks again
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