Originally Posted by MarkSF
However, the choice is not simply between cheap
rivets, and screws. How about using GOOD rivets? McMaster Carr have high strength SS rivets, rated for 2200 lbs each in 1/4". That means you could lift
my boat by the boomvang, as 6 of them hold that on.
Bristol used rivets to hold my boom to the mast
, and it's been working for 35 years.
Finally, here is the incredibly exotic piece of equipment
you need to install 1/4" rivets. Hardly out of the reach of the ordinary mortal, is it? :
Astro Pneumatic 1/4 Hand Riveter - Walmart.com
It fail no matter monel or ss in those specefic áreas, gooseneck, vang ...
They usually have 2 pan head
screws in the midle holding the fitting and rivets in the sides but they work loose with time, cleats
steps, etc... i dont recomend it unless is a light load aplication or there is enough rivets holding the hardware
, with a cleat there is usually 2 , i see some of this cleats
working loose in a dangerous fashion, goosenecks wrecked , hell even we splice a Jeaneau mast with rivets, but we dont have choice since the mast maker insist in use rivets and warranty isues in between.
This is the pneumatic gun we use and this is the 2 halves joined by rivets.
Each in their own , after the ARC
each year we replace hundreds of broken rivets and damaged hardware