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Old 25-08-2007, 19:47   #1
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1st Boat lesson

Lost the mast today. Seems the forestay didn't stay.
Second nicopress I have had break at the connection. The first was on the swing keel this one was were the rolling furling connected to the turnbuckle.

When buying a used boat (unless you KNOW the history) change the standing rigging.

I was reminded of used cars. First change all fluids, then all hoses, then all belts.

Anybody know a good place to get swagless fittings and wire (reasonably priced) LOL

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Originally Posted by ksmith
When buying a used boat (unless you KNOW the history) change the standing rigging.
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Fortunately we did not lose the mast.

Another rule of mine - if one thing in a system breaks, fix everything in the system.

We lost a chain plate fitting. We now have all new standing rigging, chain plates, backstay and forestay fittings.

Hope your damage is not too $$$.
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Some worthwhile articles:

Inspecting Your Boat's Mast and Rigging Surveying Your Rig ~ BoatUS Seaworthy magazine

Sailboat Rig Problems: A Surveyor's View ~ By J. C. Stormer,
Sailboat Rig Problems - J. Stormer

Annual Mast & Rigging Inspection ~ Torrensen Marine
Torresen Marine, Inc. The Great Lakes and Around the World - Sailboat Specialists - Providing Sailor's Needs Around The Great Lakes and In 75 Countries Around The Globe -- Torresen Marine, Inc.


Rigging Overview ~ Torrensen Marine
Article - Rigging Overview

In the Event of Rig Failure:
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