Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-02-2012, 06:27   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: sydney, australia
Boat: 38 roberts ketch
Posts: 1,021
Images: 3
Using Chain on Standing Rigging ?

I've decided to replace my standing rigging on the mizzen with slightly shorter lengths of cable (8mm gal 7*19 swage and thimble both ends) and use some s/s chain to extend between shroud and turnbuckle - i've seen this used pretty commonly on square riggers. (my reason for doing it is so i have more control for adjusting - on the mainmast backstays i think the new wire has stretched a little so there isnt much adjustment left in the turnbuckle)
anyone think its a bad idea and why?
__________________

__________________
charliehows is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2012, 06:38   #2
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,189
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
pirate Re: using chain on standing rigging?

Had to do this on an old Chance 37 I delivered... the hydraulic backstay tensioner was stuffed and the owner did not have the funds to do any fixing there and then..
Fitted a large galvanized bottle screw and section of chain... worked a treat from Seville round to Fig da Foz... and we had some hard winds..
he's still using it like that..
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2012, 06:42   #3
Wayfaring Mariner
 
captain58sailin's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Homer, AK is my home port
Boat: Skookum 53'
Posts: 4,045
Images: 5
Re: using chain on standing rigging?

The only problem with Stainless, is it can be brittle. Galvanize chain can with stand a shock better. Of course the stainless will be fine for a long time, it just doesn't give any warning before failure.
__________________
" Wisdom; is your reward for surviving your mistakes"
captain58sailin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2012, 07:27   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mobile Bay, Alabama
Boat: Hermann Lazyjack 32 schooner
Posts: 70
Re: using chain on standing rigging?

Some modern production boats with bowsprits use an all-chain bobstay so the basic principle should be sound. I don't know if they use stainless vs. galvinized, however. You would want to ensure that you used a quality and size of chain that was rated for the working/breaking strength of other elements of the rig (wire rope, turnbuckles, etc.), similar to ensuring that any shackles used are of the same rated strength. Otherwise the chain would be the weak link in your rig.
__________________
MikeTurner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2012, 07:33   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: ft.myers,fl
Boat: rhodes,seafarer,28
Posts: 137
Re: using chain on standing rigging?

Chain works, but makes adjusting the turnbuckles a bit more dificult.
__________________
capt.bobfm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2012, 12:10   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: sydney, australia
Boat: 38 roberts ketch
Posts: 1,021
Images: 3
Re: using chain on standing rigging?

thanx for comments gents, might go with gal chain - its cheaper too...
__________________
charliehows is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2012, 16:50   #7
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
Re: using chain on standing rigging?

If the chain is properly sized, it can be used as and extension/toggle.

b.
__________________

__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rigging

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should standing rigging be regularly renewed ? laurie42 Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 16 12-02-2012 07:19
Getting Chain into the Bilge JonathanSail Anchoring & Mooring 32 15-01-2012 17:22
Galvanic Corrosion of Chain Galvanizing wsmurdoch Anchoring & Mooring 0 22-08-2011 12:17
Hammocks and Stress on Standing Rigging rhumbunctious Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 8 06-08-2011 10:08
Affordable Synthetic Standing Rigging jfranta Commercial Posts 0 23-07-2011 07:09



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:23.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.