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Re: Argument over Replacing Rigging
I never suggested replacing chainplates, only to inspect and rebed them with a favorite sealant.
Unless well undersized, they rarely fail unless fatiqued (many other issues too, but don't open that can of worms).
I won't suggest to anybody not in the rigging field to look at rigging that has been crimped (backstay no less) as she has
and say "Well, this looks good, I think that it will be fine" . They may share the same fate as bold pilots.
The saying in flight school is that "There are no OLD bold pilots, they get killed while young and bold"
Short end is that freshwater sailors cannot believe how fast saltwater rigging fails in the hidden recesses of the crimped turnbuckles or across their thread sheaths.
In 29 years of sitting in the salty New Jersey atlantic ocean, this Capri of topic with a crimped, bent, compressed backstay takes the abuse of 8-10 ft seas hammering the backstay as the hull crests each wave. That is not the cockpit to be in at sea, no?
In the early part of 2003 spring, there was a first annual San Diego race that I skippered a Cat27 for the HM of a well known marina there. The SD Log marine newspaper did an article on that race and me skippering his boat for him. What they didn't report was that before the race, his cursory inspection showed fine rigging, bearings, thru-hulls, no leaks and fine sails. I didn't care, I wanted to sail the course in "the" boat anyway, enough to make Capt Ron blush. I took a new to sailing friend (Johnny DeLuna) with me for a 4 hr intro on singlehanded sailing. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone? About 4 miles offshore, we were on a southbound reaching leg and while under jib and main, the strbrd / weather shroud turnbuckle broke at the threads. As the "gunshot" went off (the snapping of metal sound), I was left hand trimming the jib freely with only a wrap on the winch. As I heard the shot & saw the flying shroud whiz up, I instantly threw/blew the jibsheet straight off of the winch and grabbed the mainsheet out of the cam cleat and it blew free. We were thankfully instantly rolled to strbrd on a 6ft swell as it passed under us from strbrd qrtr taking the load off of the broken shroud for a needed moment. I leapt over Johnny telling him to take the tiller before the boom came over. Before he could ask what happened, i grabbed the shroud as it whipped against my chest & face. The boom followed over and missed him where he was sitting. As we flopped and I held the shroud tight. I reached down to grab the lazy sheet on the weatherside, put two loops in the wire and knowing it was destined for the trash, tied a wrapped hitch with the center of the sheet, rope to wire, then asked him to put a couple of wraps on the winch and trim it in. I detached the strbrd jib shackle after he secured the sheet on the winch. Then I sat down and after the third time that he asked mne what happened, I told him. His answer was that I incredulously looked like spiderman as I leapt over him from the helm. He said that by the time he tried to figure it out, it was over. We dowsed sails and motored back to the dock.
I don't suggest that the soon to be sailor girl above to have to try to replicate that with her doubting hubby aboard. 29yr old salty Standing rigging is too cheap on that boat to overlook a compromised backstay. Sorry I agree to disagree, only if for "Ask me how I know?"
Last edited by alternativefueler; 09-29-2015 at 05:04 AM.