In light of the cost of Dynex Dux rigging
being out of my budget
(about $3400), I'm returning to metals and trying to decide which route
to go. I currently have 9/32" stainless (dunno if it's 304 or 316) all over my W32, but it's time for replacing.
I've just spent an hour reading through old posts on this and a couple other boards concerning SS vs. galvanized for rigging
. I've worked aboard a few tallships as mate and seen how well galvanized lasts when served, and am willing to go this route
. However, there have been many comments about how tough it is to find quality 7x7 or 1x19 galvanized, and I have no idea where to look. Does anyone know of a source for this good wire? If it is available, how should I size it?
Next, if I am able to find it, what is the best way to terminate the ends? Splice, or is there a mechanical fitting available (such as Sta-lok or Hi-Mod)? I would like to retain my 1/2" bronze turnbuckles, if possible!
Lastly, if I can't find good galvanized wire, I'll just stick with SS. The original W32 rig was specified as 9/32" 304 stainless. Starbright and Dynaform 316 being weaker, do I have to increase my wire size? I believe I can increase to 5/16" and, using Hi-Mod fittings, still use my tangs and turnbuckles with 1/2" clevis pins. I specify Starbright and Dynaform as, I believe those are the only consistent-quality stainless wires available?
I don't mind reading to find the information for myself, but I have not been able to find these answers in the books
I've read (including Toss' and Smith's), or on the net.
Thanks for your time!