Thanks for the replies, but I am not entirely convinced it won't be a good solution.
As for water
traveling down the inner fibers... the amount of leakage may actually be acceptable to me, but It may also be possible to shrink wrap the entire lashing beforehand which would allow me to completely seal it.
Why would the fiberglass knees not tollerate the load of the lashings? It would be at the same load points as the bolts. The only thing I can think of is because the lashing diameter is smaller than the current
bolt diameter, so it could in theory cut the fiberglass, but I doubt this would be possible. In the worst case, it only needs to support 2000lbs per 6mm lashing going through an inch of fiberglass, I don't think that would tear but maybe. I want to be able to put lashings through fiberglass, so I would like to figure out what is possible here.
I don't see how using a premade deadeye terminator would be cheaper. Those terminators cost something like $60 which is a huge cost since you need 2 per stay. If you buy the terminators, they end up costing more than the synthetic line itself per stay, so the cost is more than double which is too high.
My thinking is, Delrin plastic is roughly half the strength of aluminum
, so if I oversized the connector and made sure the area of contact of the delrin and dux roughly twice as much it should be just as strong as an aluminum
one right? That means I might have a turn radius of 10:1 instead of 5:1 for everything, and kind of large terminators, but they would be strong, light, low friction.. and I could carve them myself. As for making terminators that can connect to conventional chainplates.. this seems trickier and I am not sure how to get the strength needed since I cannot mill almuminum.
Also my leads would be filed out and rounded to avoid any sharp turn, this is not shown in the image.