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Old 23-03-2015, 20:17   #1
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Ok, it isn't pretty

Can galvanized wire be used for stays and such things? I know it isn't pretty but what the hell. Just thought I would toss this question out and see what comes up. Strange thing about gut feelings, I suspect that maybe galvanized is out of the question, but why? Thanks
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Old 23-03-2015, 20:22   #2
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Re: Ok, it isn't pretty

Yes... do a search, many people prefer it! It does require extra maintenance!
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Old 23-03-2015, 20:55   #3
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Re: Ok, it isn't pretty

Some advantages to galvanized over SS. Mainly galvanized doesn't get brittle or work harden as easily as SS. On the other hand, it will rust a lot more easily.
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We had the same Galivy wire for over 20 years on our ketch, but it was serverd and parceled! It's a little more work to do but really pays off in service !! Just my 2 cents
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We had the same Galivy wire for over 20 years on our ketch, but it was serverd and parceled! It's a little more work to do but really pays off in service !! Just my 2 cents

+2 never had a problem with rust with galvanised wire,just the galv bottle screws if salt water got inside in 15 years on our first circumnav
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A friend had a very traditional Herechoff (thought this one would be in the spell checker on a sailing site) and wanted hand spliced rigging. The old rigger he went to to get the wire spliced told him to avoid galvanized as the modern stuff is not properly hot dipped galvanized. He recommended using SS wire and said that fatigue tends not to be a problem on the SS wire recommended because the individual wires in the layup tend to be fairly small in diameter and consequently the bending stresses lower.

My friend went with the SS wire and served and parceled the splices. Looked good on a traditional boat.
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Can galvanized wire be used for stays and such things? I know it isn't pretty but what the hell. Just thought I would toss this question out and see what comes up. Strange thing about gut feelings, I suspect that maybe galvanized is out of the question, but why? Thanks
Definitely, though in reality it would devalue a modern day boat. Though it would look quite at home on an older Wharram or Roberts for instance.

But Gal has been used for decades. It takes a little maintenance from time to time, but is very user friendly.
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Stronger, flexible, more than double the life, cheaper by loads and you can make the stays yourself...
Twice a year maintainance... bosuns chair, rag and can of light lubricating oil... start at the top and work down wiping with well oiled rag.. feeds the hemp inside and keeps the wire young..
Recommend the traditional tan sails.. likely the route I'll take with mine.. stays are 11 admitted years SS.. and tan sails have always appealed.. make the inner stay permanant and go cutter...
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A friend had a very traditional Herechoff (thought this one would be in the spell checker on a sailing site) and wanted hand spliced rigging. The old rigger he went to to get the wire spliced told him to avoid galvanized as the modern stuff is not properly hot dipped galvanized. He recommended using SS wire and said that fatigue tends not to be a problem on the SS wire recommended because the individual wires in the layup tend to be fairly small in diameter and consequently the bending stresses lower.

My friend went with the SS wire and served and parceled the splices. Looked good on a traditional boat.
Always demand proof of quality for either ss or galv wire. This is more and more difficult these days as the stuff can get sourced from anywhere. Dont buy anything not from the US or Europe.

Id only buy galv for tradition these days. Wire is rarely the main cost of rigging.

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Doesn't galvanized have a rougher surface?

If it is rougher, is it possible for the sails to "catch"(or snag), when one's tacking?
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Thats why you see sheepskin lashed on stays in contact zones.. I do it on the spreaders.. used to be the sleeves of my flying jackets..
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Plow steel was typically used in the old days for rigging, spliced to a rope tail for spinnaker sheets on large racing boats.


its hot dipped galvanized and it takes a long to to rust and streak,


all and all, stick with 1 x 19 stainless steel. it aint worth the couple of pennies you will save
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Used widely on commercial very strong spliced with thimbles and such
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Plow steel was typically used in the old days for rigging, spliced to a rope tail for spinnaker sheets on large racing boats.


its hot dipped galvanized and it takes a long to to rust and streak,


all and all, stick with 1 x 19 stainless steel. it aint worth the couple of pennies you will save
Its the extra strength gained without upsizing and the ability to splice round a thimble or double clamp it.. steel boat it kinda goes as everythings painted.. but white plastic with loadsa shiny SS at deck level.. kinda grates on the eye..
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