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Hi. I had written a nice long ranting post, but it got lost somewhere on the internet. I'll spare you guys the details this time.

I rebuilt my rig with sta loks. I followed the websites instructions. I also used life caulk and blue loc tite on the fittings.

Went sailing a couple times. I was fidding with my backstay adjuster which is one of the mechanical turnbuckle like ones. and plop the upper part of the backstay falls on deck. It had untwisted after two sails and a couple of days of life caulk and blue loc tite curing.


I had my yard/riggers go up and reinstall it and make sure the other fittings were tight. a couple needed a turn or so. They recommended red loc tite.

I am probalby going to take apart the side stays myself. Have them do fore and back as I don't like climbing mast with a halyard holding it up. Eventually replace fore and back stay with swaged on fitting. I just can't trust it as it is.

Anyone else have such an experience? Any have a rig stay up forever with red ? untwist with red? blue? none? screw it and swage them all sta lok for emergencies.

Things I learned re rigging

1. Measure a lot . cut once. too long in this instance is ok ish. too short very bad.

2. Consider swaging on those stays that have a twisting force applied. Fore stay and back stay. use red loc tite.

3. Don't overtighten the rig. Easier than you think to do when really trying to get that straight mast at the dock . (I didn't do this but was getting closer to it rather than farther away)
 

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In response to overbored I followed these instructions. http://sailmahalo.com/picture_collections/InstallingStaloks/

I cranked pretty good on the sta loks. Company instructions explicitly warn about overtightening. Next time I'd use a bigger wrench though.

The pros at my yard are really pushing life caulk and red loc tite. My short experience agrees with them. I had to redo a couple fittings so next time I tackle a rig I would get a decent dry fit and then red loc tite and life caulk on final assembly. Anyways hopefully the post gives a couple of tips.
 
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