I recently received a very informative PDF from Hapidjan Iceland
from a friend of mine over there. If any one would like it just PM me you email and I will shoot it to you.
I am going to post a number of photos of what I did today. I had a very enjoyable day. After returning from church, I did not want to go down to the boatyard. I am trying to keep the laboring down there to 6 days a week anyhow for now..:-)
So in Photo
#1 (Ill try to just call them by number) This is what I was looking at on my seaside deck
. All of the strait lines are the old wires, and the snake like stuff is the Dux as it has been in a loose coil.
#2 shows some of my collection. from left to right I have, an original (old) turnbuckle and toggle, next is the other end of the same wire. next is a 2 year (approx) Precourt eye with a stitch splice and SS wire seizing. You can see the faded Anodizing. I am unsure exactly what part of the winter I installed this running back stay. But I do know it has been through two grueling summers here in San Carlos Mexico
. It has not been under a load all that time. It has been laying on the mast on the ground, exposed to all kinds of nasty crap in the dirt and flash flooding from last summer. looking close at it I see no problems. I will show it later.
Next is a Precourt distributor I used as the lower part of the back-stay dead-eye. Same on age and condition. Next two are some Colligo fittings I will be using. The one with a splice is the lower end of one of the back-stays. has a Brummel splice and looks fine.
Shot #3 shows 2 Precourt eyes that were the top of my running back-stays. I will take these apart later and show you what they looked like.
Shot #4 shows what will be using rigging
. On the left is the standard Colligo dead-eye. Notice you can use the upper fitting as either a pinned eye or a dead-eye. The fitting in the middle is for my split bridle
back stay. The straps a titanium,(also Colligo) high tech meets old design and mixes it up some here stuff...:-) The little guys are the deadeys for life lines and what ever you can dream up. I understand Marlow is stretching Dynex now in 5mm size. If it is true it is a huge hit as you can rigg all kinds of smaller boats...:-)
Shot #5 This is the standard Brummel set up. I would encourage anyone who wants to try this to get some softer 12 braid like dynex or sprectra and practice. I have done maybe a 100 or more of these eye splices. Like anything I can make it look easy now, but it is because I do not get lost
, I have learned just how much I can get away with on the measurements, and there are any number of tricks to get it right. There is no substitute for experience. If you try with Dux you would get pretty frustrated I think because it is some stiff stuff and does not give...I mean it does not give a bloody micro mini inch!...:-) It is really fun to do with soft stuff, it is so easy having a hollow braid!
Shot #6 shows the splice snugged up and the deadey in place. This is one spot that will kill you if you got something wrong. Too tight or too loose will not work, it's gotta be just right "sweet spot" as far as the size of the eye before you insert the deadeye fitting. The grooves in the Colligo fittings are much deeper than the Precourt fittings. That is great for protecting the line and getting a secure fit, but it makes the eye size and splice just that much more critical to get right ( and a fair amount tougher to get the deadeye into the eyespilce, even when you get it right)...
I am going to post this as I am afraid of loosing it, and will pick up in another post.......