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Old 02-08-2015, 15:33   #16
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Re: Inner forestay lever need help

Not to highjack the thread but I have been looking for an ABI lever for sometime now, wondering if any of the members may have a serviceable one in 1/2 they would like to part with.
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Re: Inner forestay lever need help

I'm probably missing something but can't you just swage a hard eye onto the inner forestay wire and discard the SS part. I would use flexible stranded wire the same as used in wire halyards. That could also be spliced onto spectra braid if you wanted to for some reason. My main halyard is like that. You can always use a spectra lashing between 2 eyes in the bottom of the wire stay to preset the tension rather than a turnbuckle.
My own attempt to use a Schaefer furler on a small inner sail in strong winds wasn't very successful. The sail had a heavy spectra luff rope built in and was tensioned by an electric winch in the cockpit. It was impossible to get the luff tight enough in my case as the spectra was long, back to the cockpit. I know that others have good setups but every boat is different. A stay attached to the mast with a separate halyard and no furler would have been better.



I'll be interested to find out what works best as a removable inner forestay seems a good idea.
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I'm hoping to put in an inner forestay at some point. I picked up an old tensioning lever. It looks like an ABI unit. The old wire has been cut off the swedged fitting. I need to replace the fitting with something, but it has a 9/16 thread. The thread pitch is the same as a five eights inch turnbuckle jaw and the fitting is marked with a number 10. A fine picture 9/16 inch not threads on to it easily. As far as I can tell, this is the only one on this planet. Any ideas?
Not sure if this will be helpful but a Kiwi has developed a new sort of highfield lever that is supposed to have advantages over the old lever. And it looks a whole lot prettier!

Here is a link to the article. "Those Clever Kiwis" The one shown is no doubt well over size for your application but may be worth a look.
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Not to highjack the thread but I have been looking for an ABI lever for sometime now, wondering if any of the members may have a serviceable one in 1/2 they would like to part with.
I left one on consignment at Monkey Fist Marine in Green Cove Springs, FL.
I have never been paid for it so maybe he still has it.
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I'm probably missing something but can't you just swage a hard eye onto the inner forestay wire and discard the SS part.
Two issues-
The next pin down that would hold the eye is 3/4". Bigger pin needs bigger eye and an enormous wire.
Also, the threaded section allows easy/semipermanent adjustment of length.
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Two issues-
The next pin down that would hold the eye is 3/4". Bigger pin needs bigger eye and an enormous wire.
Also, the threaded section allows easy/semipermanent adjustment of length.
Sacre bleu! Weld an eye to the threaded portion.
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We used the Wichard ratcheting unit:
54' cutter rig
I bought this for 500eur, say 560USD.

Asking price was 580EUR, but this year has a very low rotation.

Better have a spectra wire to manage, as main reason for the lever is to get rid of that forestry, when tacking upwind.

The firewall on it make sense only when on reach, or as a storm jib.

Textile hooks are necessary, in case...
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