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Is there an easy way to tell the largest diameter forestay i can use with my furler? I would like to oversize it, and just do not know.
Why do you feel the need to oversize the head stay, do you think that is necessary?Is there an easy way to tell the largest diameter forestay i can use with my furler? I would like to oversize it, and just do not know.
I need to strengthen all my rigging, I may encounter 120KT winds.Why do you feel the need to oversize the head stay, do you think that is necessary?
The max diameter is probably limited by the bushings inside the foil / drum.
If you know the make/model of the furler you might find info on the web (Google is your friend)
The winds you may see are only half of the equation. The rigging does not need to hold up against the wind. The rigging only needs to provide counter torque against the righting moment of the boat. Once the force of the wind exceeds that required to lay the boat flat to the water, there will be no additional forces on the rigging. In other words, if the boat will heel at 80 degrees in a 80 kn wind, then the rigging will never have to stand up to a 120 kn wind.I need to strengthen all my rigging, I may encounter 120KT winds.
Only the forestay will be stainless, the rest is getting converted to amsteel. The only other item that will stay stainless will be the foreward mast to the first spreader. This will reduce weight aloft, as well as strenghten the rig. I will also be splitting the backstay to two the entire way to the top of the mast.
I want the strongest rig I can have for where I would like to go.
Maybe get in touch with Brent. He's around here somewhere and his boats.. well, they say they can stand up to anything and, from photos posted on this forum, I'd believe it...........
Perhaps rather than trying to get your present boat up to the task, you might be better served finding one that was designed and built for the voyages you are envisioning.