I would encourage anyone considering rigging
soon to check out Dynex Dux. There is a thread on this form that covers some of what is going on with it. I am re-rigging my 34' Searunner Trimaran
with it just now. Most rigging
folks if you talk to them do not know about Dynex Dux. They all know Dynex and Spectra and will tell you it is no good for standing rigging (and they are right)...But Dux is way differnt. Then if you mention synthetics most will relate to PBO, which is outta site cost wise.
We have converted every single
piece of steel
wire on our fleet of offshore
trawlers in the Bearing Sea. It has taken us 6 or so year to finally realize how amazing this stuff is. We can buy any wire we want in the world for these boats. Dynex Dux will replace any wire application with lighter weight, longer life, and easier handling. the only exception is on wire we had to keep that goes too close the a hot main engine
Basically by going to 12 strand Dynex Dux I am eliminating any worries about fatigue, corrosion
, and loosing 1/6 the weight of SS rigging. This is really pretty new to the sailing world. It blows a lot of minds to think something may actually be available like this. Below is a copy and paste from the "synthetic rigging thread"
Mike Strong stuff
There is good discussions at Brion Toss forum "spar talk" on synthetics. Also Brian Duff is using it on the east coast
Here is a good link to see the Brummel splice that we use on the Dux for rigging. (notice the expensive fid he uses...hahahah, and the blue masking tape....oh man...this stuff breaks a lot of the old school
rules that it has to be expensive and hard to do and require special tools.....stuff...I love it)
:: The Art and Science of Sailing
I recently recieved an email
on a 1 year old rig from Aust. I know they rigging new F-boats in Vietnam
and a couple 50' cats in the same factory. I will update here as I learn Also I will post a couple shots of the rig pertaining the email
here. Good going!....:-)
after a years sailing i have closely inspected my rig on the 42 ft sloop
Landfall. In the year i have tightened the lowers once after restepping the mast
and then re tightened by a full turn all shrouds and lowers a month ago, backstay is untouched.
On my yacht the shrouds run over the spreader tips, this area was unchanged from when i used wire, i only filed out the spreader grooves to ensure they were smooth
i had already carried out myself, but i then had the same done by a licensed rigger, but one who had no connection with the re rig, i particularly asked to check spreader ends/ dynex and terminations into the mast. We took all leathers off the spreaders.
There was no sign of chafe at any point, there is no sign of wear anywhere. I have over 2/3 adjust still left on all my turnbuckles and the rig is tight. My turnbuckles are standard marine
Navtec open body.
We use calibarated dux for all shrouds, lowers, backstay, main halyard
, topping lift
, and in anti twist luffs on staysails and gennaker
. Dynex is used in our steering
cable set up.
The only wire left on the boat is the forestay under the furler
simply because i cannot fit a thimble inside the furler
drum, otherwise that would go as well
Please feel free to use this if you want, hope all is well, i wish this damn economic uncertainty was over