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Don't use Chinese cotter pins. I unwittingly conducted a perfect objective product evaluation. After retuning the rig last fall, I decided to use new cotter pins so as not to deal with the bent and twisted old ones. My shrouds use two sizes, 1/8 and 3/32 so I bought a pack of each, same brand, same store, same price. This winter I noted the 1/8 pins were litertally dripping rust down the turnbuckle, yet the 3/32 ones were fine. So I go back and look at the packages and find the 1/8 made in USA and the 3/32 made in China. As I removed the Chinese pins they broke in half, not where they were bent, but inside the screw bolt. I guess they would have eventually just fallen out, so I should be thankful for the dripping rust as it provided a timely warning of impending failure.
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Yes John you are absolutely correct. The stainless steel made in China is inferior to ours. I've had the same problem with clevis pins and many people at our marina have as well. It's good to get the word out to prevent disaster.
 

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I use bronze cotter pins from Jamestown Distributors. They are expensive, but they bend more easily, and they are easier to re-use.

Also, they look cool.

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first, if your rigging is stainless steel, you would probably be better off not mixing metals. second, you really aren't supposed to re-use cotter pins.

I use bronze cotter pins from Jamestown Distributors. They are expensive, but they bend more easily, and they are easier to re-use.

Also, they look cool.

Best Regards,

e

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so both are crap. made in US rusted, made in China breaks.
I use bronze wire to lock my shroud bottle screw. as its always dry there's no issue with dis-similiar metal problem.
 

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I agree, being above the water line there shouldn't be any problems.
 

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Bronze is about 220 on the galvanic scale - about in the middle - which is why it is often used in marine applications - it tends to get along "pretty well" with most other metals on a boat.

Stainless Steel comes in about 100 different "flavors" - some are less than bronze on the scale, some more - and of course passivated SS is generally not a problem.

I would advise against Aluminum cotter pins, though.

also zinc. Stay away from zinc cotter pins.

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