Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate
I know you didn't ask, so please forgive me for butting in. One time, we failed to replace only the baby stay. It was a different gauge wire from the rest of the rig. What happened was that that stay had oxygen-deprivation corrosion
in its core
, and it turned out when it broke during a gale, that the mast
pumped excessively without it. Jim went aloft at sea to replace it, we were between the Societies and HI, headed back to w**k [the 4 letter word ending in "K". Now, possibly, we could have turned down then, but that wasn't what happened.
My advice is to replace the blank blank baby stay, with dyneema
, also, and have done with it--don't take the risk we did. We did ours on this boat using all the old stuff, and just making the terminations with a thimble inside the eye-splice, so all you're talking is the length of the stay plus the overages for the splices--a small portion of the of the total re-rig. There are good instructions for the splices on line, too.
Hey Mrs Ann, I enjoy your posts so I'm glad you butted in! I was going to change it.... just later on before we actually went cruising Haha. I thought about doing it wire as well but I guess I'll just do it in the dux at the same time. You've convinced me, it is only two more splices (: Good advice, and story!
If I'm reading that right, you have dux on Insatiable II as well? You're saying just use a regular closed eye thimble for the baby stay instead of the Colligo fittings?
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