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Old 08-06-2011, 06:48   #1
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Rigging a new forestay

I am looking to replace my forestay(and eventually, the rest of the rigging)
that has busted strands.

I live in Florida(NW), so I am eyeing the 316 stainless due to its corrosion
resistant qualities.

Should I convert to metric rigging since metric becomes more prevalent
(supposedly)?

I lean towards using 316 9x19 cable 1/4". My original rigging is 7/32, but I
thought about beefing up my rigging just in case I decide to cross the small
pond(Gulf of Mexico). For /Against?

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Re: Rigging a new forestay

Do you mean 316 1X19? Certainly, that is the standard. Moving up to 1/4" wouldn't hurt - especially for the forestay, backstay and cap shrouds.

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Re: Rigging a new forestay

Stay with the standard over the metric, don't see much metric wire around here.
Going up a size won't hurt anything.
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Re: Rigging a new forestay

It's always good for cruisers to increase the size of their rigging. I don' t think going metric makes any sense.Even out of the country,U.S.sizes are redily available.Talk to your local rigger or call a shop who deals with rigging and find out the compatibility of larger wire size terminals and your existing turnbuckles. That's where a lot of your expense lies.
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