A Russian boat here in the anchorage replaced his head
stay in Panama
before departing for Ecuador
. He used US supplied 316 wire obtained from a rigging
supply house in Florida
. In addition he replaced a number of hanks on his headsail using SS hanks.
After two weeks at sea going uphill he arrived to find his head
stay worn more than 50% thru where the SS hank was located. Yikes 50% wear in 2 weeks!!!
We have only used bronze hanks before we installed a roller furler
and would find wear on the hanks but never an issue with the head stay. It was never a problem to replace the hanks after 3-4 years if they showed excessive wear. But always using bronze hanks
Just a word of caution. I did speak to a rigger in SD and he said he noticed this happen to another boat.
Jacaranda Caraquez, Ecuador