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Old 09-04-2010, 00:02   #16
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Thanks for all the great advice!

I'll report what I see when I get up the mast. It's going to be interesting working way up there, 75 feet above the water. Looks like I should start with cap shrouds and forestay and take it from there.

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Old 12-04-2010, 05:33   #17
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Great minds think alike, Dockhead.

I was up my mast doing battle with the masthead light when I noticed/ felt a tiny wire snag on one of the upper shrouds. The entire wire strand was not broken just a snag. I was considering getting the rigger out to have a look and probably replace the wire as I really can't afford to do the whole lot. I did have the forestay replaced 2 years ago when I bought the boat to fit a new furler.

I figure I might go the gradual way of replacement too, but take the other advice and do them a pair at a time. It is the only way I will be able to afford it.

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Old 22-06-2010, 05:32   #18
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Like DH our standing rigging is now 10 years old and was suppplied by the same the same yard. Our complete replacement bill will be slightly less but still 1200 ($1800) or so, plus lift and store if we have to come out of the water so another 400 ($600)

Our forestay is slack and there isn't much room to take this up on the backstay so considering replaceing these this year and leaving the rest for a while.

However how do you change a forestay without taking the mast down or risk it falling down? Rig is twin spreader with a baby stay.

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Old 22-06-2010, 05:56   #19
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We use. Sailing Services - Rigging, Lifelines, Winches, Furling Systems, Supplies, Ropes or Offshoe Spars. Depends on what we need done.

I you have a broken strand on your cap your done sailing till it's replaced. I would go with the Norseman and do them in pairs. We have rod so are in a different catagory.

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