Well I'm about three weeks into the biggest sailing adventure of my life thus far and things are going great. We made it from NYC
up to the Bay of Fundy and now we're working our way back down the coast. Big thanks again to all of you who gave input and helped make this happen.
We had a scary moment today that I'm still a little concerned about. The boat is a 1978 Pearson
26. After a long period of upwind sailing in 15 knots and choppy seas, I watched as my inside (shorter) leeward shroud
disconnected from the chainplate and started flopping around. I had broken the ring on the clevis pin and the steel
u-shaped bracket at the bottom of the turnbuckle deformed a bit, probably when it was under tension on the previous tack, then popped off when it loosened up again.*
Obviously I was lucky this episode did not happen on the windward side. Perhaps my inside shrouds were a little loose, although I checked them a few days ago. I put everything back together and the rig looks fine. Everything is aligned well and I have been sailing on it since it happened a few hours ago. I will replace the deformed turnbuckle part of course.
But while inspecting everything I noticed a slight irregularity in the cable. It's not a kink and there are no broken strands nor corrosion
of any kind. What I see, about 2 feet off the deck
, is an extremely slight curve in the shroud
, first one way and then back. It is only perceptible if you put your eye right up to the cable and look down it. This may have been there for years without me noticing or it, for all I know.
Is this slight 'wibble' in the shroud any cause for concern? All the research
on inspecting standing rigging
I've seen talks about corrosion
, cracks, and broken strands. The stay looks as strong as ever to me. Is this something I should replace immediately, this winter, or just keep an eye on it? Any insight as to why the shroud disconnected other than being slightly too loose and the pin popping out?