Originally Posted by holmek
Here's a thought. If a shroud breaks, chances are the rig is gone. Could one not design some sort of clamp that grips the shroud close the chain plate with a short length of chain or cable connecting it to the chain plate as a safety link. So if the shroud or turnbuckle goes, the safety link saves the mast, giving you a chance to perhaps get home with the mast up.! Another aloft at the tang would save that end. What thoughts geniei.?
Firstly once the tension goes, the mast will go out of column and the other stays may actually force its collapse,
secondly its not axiomatic that a shroud failure will cause the mast to fail. Ive saved two by nursing them.
secondly how would you attach the chain to the shroud , such that it would take the shock loading, and also there it is sitting exposed in all weathers , forgotten , till called upon once in a blue moon, chances of it working might seem slim.
You simply cannot protect the boat from all failures