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Old 18-03-2015, 06:31   #1
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I am beginning to plan replacing my rigging.
I talked to a contractor today who told me that swaged fittings were much better than norse fittings. I am sure this is a lot of opinion but I had never heard that.
Is there a consensus about fittings?
I was considering dynaform type wire and reusing my norse fittings if they were in good shape.
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Old 18-03-2015, 06:50   #2
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Re: new rigging

Stalock fittings last longer and they can be reused with new cones and seams , swaged fittings last a good bunch of years to but they cant be reused, so if you want to use Dyform wire with your old norse terminations , no problem if they are free of cracks of defects and you fit new cones and seams... cheers.
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Re: new rigging

Where's The best country to have rigging done? I want wood spars and spreaders on two masts for my schooner.


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Sorry. Sailing transatlantic from the Med to Maine. Where's the best place to have spreaders done? New rigging on a schooner.


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Sorry. Sailing transatlantic from the Med to Maine. Where's the best place to have spreaders done? New rigging on a schooner.


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I would wait til I was in a port and not do it on the way
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Re: new rigging

Have rigged two boats with Norseman/StaLok terminals. Have kept in contact with one of the boats and it's still going strong with the terminals i installed 40 years ago. PO's have changed the wire and the turnbuckles but the terminals soldier on. Suspect the rigger doesn't want to justify the high price he's going to charge for mechanical terminals over swages.

FWIW, it's very easy to do your own rigging with Norseman/StaLok/etc terminals. Did the 24 terminals on my first attemp on the above boat in a long day. Only reason it took so long is I was nervous and overly careful on the first few wires. Once I got rolling could knock out fitting a terminal in minutes. Mechanical terminals cost more but they almost never suffer from cracking, etc that affect swages especially in warm salty environments. Oh did we say we are going cruising to warm climes.
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Re: new rigging

Replaced my rigging recently with sta-lock fittings. Did it myself and it was very easy. The fittings can be re-used next time and they distribute the load evenly between the strands of wire so i can see why people say they're more reliable than the swaged fittings. I've personally had two swaged fittings fail, both times from cracks and corrosion where the metal was stressed from the swaging process. So far (early days yet) i'm very happy with the sta-locks. If i did it again i might consider making the backstay out of DUX for more strength, less weight aloft and easy backstay adjustment.
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I would wait til I was in a port and not do it on the way
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